Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:46 AM
Published on: Friday, June 14, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Former Indiana University men’s basketball player Maurice Creek has found a new college home.
The Oxon Hill native announced his commitment and transfer to George Washington University via Twitter.
Creek was beset by injuries during his tenure in Bloomington but graduated from the Big Ten school last month and will resume his career playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
“I think it’s a great get for GW (George Washington University),” said Kevin Sutton, who spent the past two seasons on Mike Lonergan’s coaching staff at George Washington but has recently accepted a coaching position at Georgetown.
Sutton, a former high school coach in Maryland, said he was involved in recruiting Creek to the George Washington campus in Foggy Bottom.
“I think it’s a tremendous get for GW,” Sutton said. “I think he’ll bring the intangibles. He’s played at a high level, and he’s had success at a high level.”
Creek began his college career in Bloomington during the 2009-2010 campaign by averaging 17.3 points per game through the first nine games including a 31-point performance against Kentucky, a performance that helped him become the nation’s top scoring freshman. However, after 12 games, he was sidelined by an injury.
He played in 18 games and made 13 starts before suffering a season-ending stress fracture in his knee during his sophomore campaign. He sat out the 2011-2012 season after suffering a ruptured achilles heel in the fall.
During three seasons at Indiana, Creek played in 54 games and made 25 starts, averaging 7.2 points per game.
“In all my time as a coach, I have never witnessed someone overcoming the adversity that Maurice had sustained during this time,” Indiana head coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “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 should also in the eyes of Hoosier Nation.”
Creek joins a George Washington men’s basketball program that is going through some transition. In addition to Sutton’s departure, the Colonials have seen various student-athletes leave the program in recent weeks including former Eleanor Roosevelt standout Lasan Kromah, who has reportedly transferred to the University of Connecticut.
Also, Riverdale Baptist guard Nigel Johnson de-committed from George Washington and opted to sign with Kansas State instead.
The Colonials finished 13-17 overall last season including a 7-9 mark in the conference, and Creek should be a welcome addition to the program.
“Mo will add the leadership and he’ll add the experience, which is important,” Sutton said.