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Former Oxon Hill High standout leaves Indiana basketball program

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Published on: Wednesday, May 01, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Oxon Hill native Maurice Creek has parted ways with the Indiana men’s basketball program.

Although he intends to graduate from Indiana this week, the injury-prone 6-foot-5 guard already announced he’s looking for another school.

“I want to thank Hoosier Nation for their support during my four years at IU,” he said in a statement issued by the athletic department. “I am grateful that Coach (Tom) Crean gave me the opportunity to come to Indiana University. As much as anyone, he helped me turn from a boy into a man. I feel like I would have a better opportunity for more playing time at another school where I can be eligible right away.”

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’ 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.”

The former Oxon Hill High School standout also reached out to the Indiana fans through his Twitter account. “#HoosierNation I just want to say thank you. You been with me through Thick and Thin. You will always be family to me..I appreciate all of You,” Creek tweeted April 24.

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