Trio of Hoosiers lead Gold to 151-145 win in Derby Festival Classic

  • 04/11/2009 10:00 pm in

Indiana fans in Freedom Hall got a glimpse of the future Saturday night as IU signees Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek teamed up to win the Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Basketball Classic, 151-145.

“It was a great experience,” Watford said afterwards. Creek, who met Watford in person for the first time on Thursday afternoon, echoed Watford’s sentiments. “It was fun. I got off to a slow start at first, but then we picked it up. I enjoyed it.” Creek said.

Watford led the IU trio on the Gold team with 26 points, including 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Creek added 21 points and Hulls, who is expected to be named Mr. Basketball on Sunday, had six points.

The night began with player introductions that lasted approximately 25 minutes. Creek was the first IU recruit announced and wore an Indiana flag over his shoulders as he was announced to the crowd of 13,111.

“I bought it at the mall this morning,” Creek said of the flag. “My mom said I should come out and do what Dwight Howard did with the cape.”

The Gold team led 70-59 at halftime and the intermission brought the completion of the 3-point shootout. Hulls won the competition with 14 points, beating Creek, Eric Murphy and Mike Marra.

“I think I had 14, but I’ll give it to J. Hulls,” Creek laughed. “It felt good (playing with Hulls). He’s like a Steve Nash type point guard.”

The next time this trio of Hoosiers will be on the court together in game action will be this fall in Assembly Hall. But in the meantime, they’re looking forward to putting in the work that will bring improvement in the 2009-2010.

“It’s going to take some work,” Watford said. “But with Coach Crean behind us, we’re going to win some games.”

(Photo credit: The Hoosier Scoop)

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  • HoosierDavey

    Me likes what me sees, offensively at least! Athleticism will be back. The ball handling of Creek and Hulls should improve our TO numbers. Watford should be able to get us to the free throw line a lot. Can't wait to see them blended into the mix we have!

  • HoosierDavey

    Me likes what me sees, offensively at least! Athleticism will be back. The ball handling of Creek and Hulls should improve our TO numbers. Watford should be able to get us to the free throw line a lot. Can't wait to see them blended into the mix we have!

  • widget

    I planned to drive from Florida straight through to Ohio, but a small detour in Louisville was well worth it. Two of my three sons in tow, we managed to put up with the obnoxious UK fans to see some great skills from our three.

    13,500 showed at Freedom Hall. Amazing. Hulls really impressed with his court savvy, and Watford was very active around the boards. Bright future, indeed!

  • widget

    I planned to drive from Florida straight through to Ohio, but a small detour in Louisville was well worth it. Two of my three sons in tow, we managed to put up with the obnoxious UK fans to see some great skills from our three.

    13,500 showed at Freedom Hall. Amazing. Hulls really impressed with his court savvy, and Watford was very active around the boards. Bright future, indeed!

  • BGleas

    Off topic questions: I keep hearing Calipari mention that he's conducting practices right now, and the media talk about it too. But, I haven't heard anything about other teams practicing. Is IU practicing right now?

  • BGleas

    Off topic questions: I keep hearing Calipari mention that he's conducting practices right now, and the media talk about it too. But, I haven't heard anything about other teams practicing. Is IU practicing right now?

  • GFDave

    I just was in Btown with my kids who are looking at schools (they loved IU). I saw the team out running on campus (Roth was suffering). Also was inside the hall (ha ha) and the doors to the floor were closed but there were basketball noises (coaches voices, sneakers sqeaking, etc.) coming from inside. So I think they are having those kind of sessions where coaches can have only a limited amount of contact with players and the team cannot practice together as a whole.

  • GFDave

    I just was in Btown with my kids who are looking at schools (they loved IU). I saw the team out running on campus (Roth was suffering). Also was inside the hall (ha ha) and the doors to the floor were closed but there were basketball noises (coaches voices, sneakers sqeaking, etc.) coming from inside. So I think they are having those kind of sessions where coaches can have only a limited amount of contact with players and the team cannot practice together as a whole.

  • aerialM

    wow – I really cannot wait for next season to start. I'm doing my best to keep realistic expectations (a slightly above .500 overall record, a .500 B-10 record, an NIT berth) but I'm so jazzed for the entire crew to get to B-town…it will be interesting to see how Crean meshes this influx of talent and athleticism with what we've got returning. We're going to have the horses next year to be competitive; we'll be able to run-and-gun at times and to grind it out at others. We'll have the option to go big or to play some 4-guard small-ball. All in all, the darkest days are over for IU!

  • aerialM

    wow – I really cannot wait for next season to start. I'm doing my best to keep realistic expectations (a slightly above .500 overall record, a .500 B-10 record, an NIT berth) but I'm so jazzed for the entire crew to get to B-town…it will be interesting to see how Crean meshes this influx of talent and athleticism with what we've got returning. We're going to have the horses next year to be competitive; we'll be able to run-and-gun at times and to grind it out at others. We'll have the option to go big or to play some 4-guard small-ball. All in all, the darkest days are over for IU!

  • Kelin Blab

    Per coach can only practice with a certain number of players at this time….it could 3 players per coach…..so it is legal…ofcourse calipari is probaly doing a lot more now like scimmaging against NBA teams…just kidding cal….

  • Kelin Blab

    Per coach can only practice with a certain number of players at this time….it could be 3 players per coach…..so it is legal…ofcourse calipari is probaly doing a lot more now like scimmaging against NBA teams…just kidding cal….

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree also, I really haven't considered the record yet, but if we can 'get over' the hump in some of the games we lost, I would be pleased with that…….I don't want to look outmatched like we were against Wake, Gonzaga, KY etc……hell even Illinois. Now ONE big ten win I don't expect either but just getting over the hump……..

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree also, I really haven't considered the record yet, but if we can 'get over' the hump in some of the games we lost, I would be pleased with that…….I don't want to look outmatched like we were against Wake, Gonzaga, KY etc……hell even Illinois. Now ONE big ten win I don't expect either but just getting over the hump……..

  • ind23

    im liking the looks of creek with that flag

  • ind23

    im liking the looks of creek with that flag

  • George

    That is awesome with the IU flag! Creek is my new favorite Hoosier…well, and his mom of course!!

  • George

    That is awesome with the IU flag! Creek is my new favorite Hoosier…well, and his mom of course!!

  • George

    That is awesome with the IU flag! Creek is my new favorite Hoosier…well, and his mom of course!!