Maurice Creek says he’s headed to Bloomington

The last time we were able to speak with Maurice Creek was at the at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic in late April. At the time, we were under the assumption that Creek would arrive with the other IU freshmen in time for the beginning of the first summer session in Bloomington.

When Creek didn’t show, both Jordan Cohen of the Indiana Daily Student and Chris Korman of the Herald-Times confirmed that the Hargrave Military Academy product would not be present for either summer school session.

Since that time, numerous attempts to reach Creek have been unsuccessful and we’ve been left with Facebook, yes, Facebook, as our primary source for information. (We also sprinkled in an update from Tom Crean.) In an update earlier this evening, Creek revealed via Facebook that he’s headed to Bloomington this week:

So why, you ask, is this significant? By no means should this be interpreted as confirmation that Creek has been cleared by the NCAA to play this fall. It’s certainly encouraging that he’ll be on campus, but as we’ve seen in the past, getting the green light from the clearinghouse overlords can take time.

If Creek does indeed qualify, his impact on next season’s team could be greater than any of the other freshman. He’s the most polished incoming offensive player and has the work ethic on defense that the staff will demand to earn playing time. Missing the summer sessions could set him back a bit in getting acclimated academically, but he shouldn’t miss a beat on the floor. He’s been playing pickup with Kevin Durant in Baltimore.

For now, we’ll heed to Crean’s advice and wait with cautious optimism for Creek’s eligibility status to all shake out.

  • BobbyDigital

    Great news. I'm pretty sure he has done more than enough to be eligible. All bets are off when dealing with the NCAA office, though.

    Only 7 'likes'?

  • http://www.myspace.com/Wojt MemphisHoosier

    cautious optimism is correct. I'm very excited about creek being on campus but we'll see how this all works out. Fingers crossed right? If he's good to go then lets get pumped cause this kid can fill it up and can score in lots of ways. I thought for a while he might be our leading scored this year but I could see it being VJ3

  • BFowler

    I feel good about it. I mean, Eli Holman got eligible in time…..

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    Didn't Creek or his stepfather at one time say that he was basically eligible just not cleared and that he didn't want to come until everything was definitely in order for him to play?

    If he actually meant that, then showing up to Bloomington says to me that he's very optimistic about being cleared to play. I'm not really sure of all the circumstances surrounding his eligibility though.

  • GFDave

    He needs to enroll for the fall semester if he's going to be eligible to play, so that's why he's coming. But I feel much better about him being cleared by the NCAA. I think it will happen in due time.

  • JerryCT

    My personal prediction is that we will not need Creek to be a .500 team. He does not fill as much of a void as does Watford.

    However his playing is critical to doing better than .500

  • Kelin Blab

    I am not sure which frosh said this or where I read it so forgive me….but one of the frosh mentioned the competitiveness of the summer games and said “there is no difference in playing with J.Rivers and J. Hulls, both of them are solid”

    I really like that and hope there is not any fall off, if J.R comes out of the game and Jordan enters the game….

  • bleedingcrimson

    Kelin,
    I think the big difference will between Hull and Rivers will be defense…their ball handling abilities are pretty similar from what I hear.
    BC

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree, I can kinda live with Hulls defense needing to catch up as long as when he enters the game he doesn't go D. Moore style with the corner dribble penetration, jump pass, then turnover…..I just want our offense to run well with either of them on the court…..

    VJ3 will be a big surprise this year I believe and I am still a Dumes fan….

  • bleedingcrimson

    Can anyone remember the last team IU has had being as big as this team? Not only do we have backup at every position but coach can run a huge lineup i.e. a 7', two or three 6'8″, and guards at 6'5″. Talk about mis-matches. Couple that with fact that coach is used to having a three or four guard lineup. I think coach realizes that the Big10 is a different style of game and he has the size to play such. I know we will still be young and inexperience but I really believe we will do better than .500…fingers crossed.
    BC

  • GFDave

    I like our size too, its satisfying to see after so many years of being undersized. But, at this point I don't think Bawa or Tijan are going to see much action, so it may be some time before the size gets on the court routinely. Hopefully Bawa develops quickly. I'm not counting on Tijan at all.

  • GFDave

    I like our size too, its satisfying to see after so many years of being undersized. But, at this point I don't think Bawa or Tijan are going to see much action, so it may be some time before the size gets on the court routinely. Hopefully Bawa develops quickly. I'm not counting on Tijan at all.

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