Q & A: Maurice Creek

  • 08/07/2008 7:00 am in

mcreek080708.jpgToday we take a break from the Top 10 countdown as Inside the Hall caught up with 2009 commitment Maurice Creek for a Q & A. Creek committed to Indiana in early May and will play at Hargrave Military Academy this winter.

On his relationship with Coach Crean and the decision to attend Indiana:

“Me and Coach Crean had a good relationship when he was at Marquette. He talked to me about things other than basketball and we built a good relationship. He moved to Indiana and he called me and said nothing’s going to change because he moved to Indiana. That’s what made me make my decision.”

On when he plans to visit Bloomington:

“I haven’t been to Bloomington yet but hopefully I can get there in early September when I start my senior year.”

On the decision to attend Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season:

“I know a couple of players that are going there and it’s close to home. My parents can see a couple of my games. That’s the school that will put me in the best situation.”

On his play in Las Vegas at the Reebok Championships:

“It was fun. I think I played really, really well in Vegas. Unfortunately we didn’t win the whole thing but it happens. I didn’t play much in the spring and I just wanted to prove myself. I felt like I played well in Vegas.”

On the strengths of his game and what he can improve on:

“I’m an all-around player. I can play a little bit of the point, shooting guard and small forward. I look for other people. They (Indiana) just want a team player and that’s what they’re getting out of me. They’re getting a team player and a person that can lead the team. I can work on my athleticism a little bit more, but other than that, my defense is straight, rebounding is good, passing is good and shooting is always good.”

On his goals and mindset when he arrives in Bloomington:

“As a freshman, I’m trying to get a national championship. People think that with the situation that happened at Indiana that Indiana is going to fall down into its place, that its not going to be as good with the penalties that Coach Crean has because of the situation they had last year. But my mindset is to come in as a freshman, do what I do best and as a team, try to get to the national championship to show everybody that Indiana is alive and is always going to be alive for the rest of the time we live.”

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  • jgongora86

    i think each of these kids in the 2009 show a lot of heart, and will be our foundation towards winning a championship someday.

  • Kelin Blab

    Did anyone hear that evan gordon is going to a prep school of his senior season?

  • He's going to Hargrave, I believe.

  • Kelin Blab

    It will be interesting to see:
    1. How Evan Gordon pans out, I heard he had a good summer, but haven't gotten any offers yet.

    2. WIll IU go big with Van Treese or Creeks teammate, or go with Franklin or Watford?

  • I think Watford is much more realistic than Franklin at this point. I know a couple of the schools that Watford is still listing have backed off considerably.

  • from what everyone is saying, Van Treese would be lucky to get an IUPUI offer at this point.

    his stock has fallen faster than Michelle Wie's.

  • pacino

    I would luv to have SVT cus he's a great kid, but he has jst been playin horrible! There aint no way he's getn a scholly.

  • pacino

    Absolutely love this kids mindset! He is obviously a winner!

  • nchoosier

    simple. we'll give watford, franklin, braswell, brandt, or wilkins a scholarship any time they'll accept. if we get to keep our remaining one, we'll take a combo of any 2(oversign). if only one will commit, we'll offer the remaining (oversign) to SVT. if the ncaa takes the scholarship away, no way SVT is offered unless all those guys turn us down and we oversign SVT only. only new catch are the rumors about favors and cheek, but that's pretty hard to believe!

  • pacino

    I agree do u think that we will get a commit soon?

  • Kelin Blab

    what rumors?

  • Kelin Blab

    I tend to wonder why people are backing off of wateford though? is there a red flag we don't know about?…get crean on the phone…

  • bahickma

    I wondered that, too. I'm hoping they're backing off because of an extreme level of interest in Indiana. That's just being optimistic though.

    And what are the rumors about Derrick Favors and Maurice Creek?

  • nchoosier

    supposedly memphis backing off is just because they have a good shot at people rated even higher. i think the same of louisville. i think he's the real deal. they say favors is going to attend IU elite camp this month and that roshown mcleod will be named our 3rd asst. coach. they supposedly have atl ties. i seriously doubt he ends up at iu, but it's out there. kind of the same thing with cheek. rumor has it he may attend elite camp as well.

  • jgongora86

    Hey guys is there any truth that rashun McCloud interviewd for the thrid assistant post? what I hear from my NC people is that he has great potential to be a great assistant, because he was raised in new york ( went to st. johns ( two blocks away from me) and then to duke. He's now coaching in atlanta, so he can nail two regions at once when it comes to recruiting.

  • Kelin Blab

    for those of you who love jordan hulls…..enjoy

    ttp://indiana.rivals.com/video.asp?section=bbrecruit&pkey=&vidtype=publisher&vidid=5176

  • BobbyDigital

    I read somewhere that Memphis backed off because they realized Watford doesn't fit their system like they once thought…. also that Louisville fell in love with some other sf so they bowed out.

    The rumor was about Dominic Cheek rather than Maurice Creek.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/content.asp?Retur

    This video makes Christian Watford look slow non athletic terrible ball handling and not smart. Makes me concerned

    I dont know if there is any validity to this but I heard that Demarcus Cousins was strongly considering IU as his destination instead of UAB if someone else has heard please let me know and does anyone else find it interesting that Lance Stephenson still has IU on his list of only 6 schools……makes me wonder

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Also 2010 Recruit Josh Smith the number 1 center 6'10 270 is considering IU does anyone know anything about him

  • nchoosier

    i don't think there's anything to the cousins thing. stephenson is definitely out. that's just not updated. he is a sampson guy. from what i hear in all the bad aspects too! smith is a stud, and a is legitimately interested in iu.

  • Kelin Blab

    I saw that watford video too and it was horrible….I think I saw a better one on you tube, but not sure if it was the same kid….

  • Kelin Blab

    Maybe this josh smith won't go straight to the pro's

  • hoosier07

    like where his mindset is at — TC did a great job with the class of '09, hopefully only to improve with Watford/Franklin/SVT …

  • pacino

    Screw SVT and Franklin. SVT sucks and Franklin isn't coming to IU! Watford is alright, but he prolly won't end up in Bloomington. We will see wat Crean pulls out of the hat.

  • nchoosier

    i don't think there's anything to the cousins thing. stephenson is definitely out. that's just not updated. he is a sampson guy. from what i hear in all the bad aspects too! smith is a stud, and a is legitimately interested in iu.

  • Kelin Blab

    I saw that watford video too and it was horrible….I think I saw a better one on you tube, but not sure if it was the same kid….

  • Kelin Blab

    Maybe this josh smith won't go straight to the pro's

  • hoosier07

    like where his mindset is at — TC did a great job with the class of '09, hopefully only to improve with Watford/Franklin/SVT …

  • pacino

    Screw SVT and Franklin. SVT sucks and Franklin isn't coming to IU! Watford is alright, but he prolly won't end up in Bloomington. We will see wat Crean pulls out of the hat.