Indiana senior guard Maurice Creek will graduate next week and look to transfer elsewhere for his final season of eligibility, the university announced today.
After a career riddled with injuries and a junior season without many minutes, Creek has an opportunity to transfer as a fifth-year player and play immediately at another program, per NCAA eligibility rules for players who have graduated with remaining eligibility. Multiple reports by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com suggest Creek will look to transfer closer to his native Maryland.
"With his graduation coming up next week, Maurice and his family have decided to pursue an opportunity where he can find the type of role that would provide him the minutes he desires and is accustomed to," IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. "In all my time as a coach, I have never witnessed someone overcoming the adversity that Maurice had sustained during his time. His attitude, ability to continue to work and his passion for the game of basketball have never wavered.
"He has been an integral part of our basketball family and will always remain that in our eyes and and should also in the eyes of Hoosier Nation."
In the midst of a promising freshman season that put him in the top five of scoring among rookie college players, Creek broke his leg in a blowout win against Bryant University just before conference play began. He attempted a comeback the following year, only to endure an Achilles tear and face yet another medical setback.
Creek averaged 7.8 minutes and 1.8 points in his final season as a Hoosier, while becoming a fan favorite for his determination to come back to play. The efforts never came to fruition because of a stacked roster and the difficulties of getting back to the athletic player loaded with potential that flashed brilliance in his first year, including a 30-point game against Kentucky.
His 16.4 points per game as a freshman carried his average for his career, which ends at 7.2 points per game. Creek played in 54 games for the Hoosiers and made 25 starts over three seasons.