An update, albeit brief, on Maurice Creek

Indiana freshman guard Maurice Creek, who suffered a fractured left knee in Indiana’s 90-42 win over Bryant on December 28, continues to making progress in his rehabilitation and is ahead of schedule, according to Tom Crean.

After a caller requested an update on Creek during Crean’s Monday evening radio show with Don Fisher, the IU coach provided the following update:

“He’s been doing very well. He had a great first semester, I know that doesn’t have anything to do with his injury, but he’s continued to work very hard academically. He’s ahead of schedule. He’s still definitely a ways away from being on the court and being able to work out on the court in a hard fashion. He put up 205 six times the other day, which is real progress there. I think his body will continue to really grow. He’s on all of our trips. We have him doing different statistics for us during the games just trying to help him really learn the leadership that he’s gotta have to be successful moving forward.”

Creek, who was leading all freshmen nationally in scoring at the time of his injury, averaged 16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.4 spg in 12 contests.

  • HoosierSmitty

    One of the few bright spots lately has been seeing Creek up close on the bench. You can tell he's soaking a lot of stuff in when a lot of other guys would be at the end of the bench screwing around and checking out girls in the stands.

    I can't wait to get Mo Creek back next year and take the next step in the rebuilding process. I know it's been a tough year, but if looking at him on the sidelines doesn't give you hope for next year, I don't know what else can right now.

  • Kelin Blab

    Mo Creek is the reason all these kids have to stick around. I can see him coming back next year with something to prove. Mo I miss you man….could you imagine…mo to moses for a dunk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathaniel-Falk/548843901 Nathaniel Falk

    I wonder every day how much different this Indiana team would be with Maurice Creek healthy. He would have been the legit no. 1 option with VJIII as the number 2 that would be a damn good backcourt we would still struggle in the front court but we would be scoring a lot more points and have someone willing to step up and take the team on his back. Next year if Moses comes watch out for these Hoosiers they are going to be a bad ass team, VJ, Mo, Watford, Moses, and Pritchard and then a great bench they would be awesome.

  • marcusgresham

    Forgot that score was 90-42. Damn, how bad was Bryant???

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    Agree Kelin. This is why we cannot afford to have any of Watford, VJIII, Elston, Capo or Hulls leave. You add a healthy Creek (and I know I'm dreaming), Moses and even Yuegette and you have a decent squad IMO. Maybe not a tournament team, but I think finally headed in the right direction, maybe a .500 NIT team.

  • Taskmaster75

    They are 1-28 I believe, if not something close to that.

  • vslice

    Thats exactly what I was saying earlier. If these guys dont realize that Mo makes this team completely different then they are blind. If they dont want to stick this out to play with a great player like him then I'm not sure they really want to be here anyway. Just thinking of next year with him and Roth back, along with VO and Will and possibly a big man, it really puts a smile on my face. I still think there is plenty they need to work on, but man this team will be on the right track and hopefully some of this negative energy gets turned into something positive. I think I could possibly have a man crush on Mo Creek. Is that wrong??

  • vslice

    Now were talking BGleas. Im not sure of what all the other teams are going to look like next year (Purdue should be smokin good), but we will have to see how much this year actually helps these guys out next year. Actually I think the Big Ten should be pretty damn good again next year. I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised by IU though. If they make the NIT I would be very happy, its not the big time but it would be nice to see these guys rewarded at some point, man this has been a long year.

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    Agree. A .500 season, middle of the Big Ten finish and NIT appearance/hopefully win or two would be great for the confidence of the current players, while also giving recruits, especially the '12 ones, something tangible to hold onto and see as they evaluate the program. I think a finish like this is possible if Creek comes back healthy and everyone else develops/improves.

    Now to go negative again, the real negative of this season is the effect it will probably have on the '11 class. Losing all three of Teague, Zeller and J. Davis would be a big blow IMO, and all three will probably be committing this summer/fall.

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    I know, I can't stand when people say to “stop making excuses” when Creek is mentioned. IMO Creek's injury may have set this rebuild back an entire season. I truly believe IU has at a minimum three more wins if he doesn't get injured. Even if it's just three, we're talking about 12 wins, and 6 in the Big Ten, with 2 to go. Everyone would have an entire different outlook.

    I know some feel that we can point to other teams that had injuries and different suffer like IU, but none of those teams were as fragile as IU to begin with. Before Creek went down, IU was already pretty strapped depth wise, and losing their leading scorer and emerging leader was just too much to absorb.

  • GFDave

    It takes a long time to rehab and then get your game back, so take it slow and easy Mo.

  • kentuckyhoosier

    Mo , If you follow ITH , I just wanted to let you know we apprieciate you're hard work during your recovery , and thank you for keeping your commitment to the indiana , the fans , and more importantly yourself in keepin up to par with your acedemics . That says alot about your character and ultimately thats the player IU 's foundation is built upon….. thank you

  • HoosierFromCT

    Amen.

  • Kelin Blab

    Gleas I think J.Davis is waiting to see how the Teague thing works out, I do think IU is in the lead with him as he could have committed elsewhere awhile ago but I really believe he wants to go to IU but not sit behind teague. He is a nice player and a nice get, I just don't know how long he will wait. To get three maybe 4 kids off of Indiana Elite would be awesome. Zeller…..I don't have a feeling, I hear IU I hear Butler…..Butler is one of the big boys in the state now so it would not surprise me.

  • Wish

    “He put up 205 six times the other day, which is real progress there”

    This is great news to me as I think Creek could be a Ben Gordon type if he tore up the weight room and worked on his game this Summer. Getting Creek to IU is one thing Crean really got right so far.

    He's going to need that upper body strength for when he drives to the hole and gets hammered, it will be nice to see some and-1's out of Creek for the next few seasons.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    They won a game finally? I know that they're the team that NJIT finally got off the D-1 snide with, if that tells you anything.

  • ronb

    Has anyone noticed how Jordy Hulls is like one of those paddles with a ball and rubber band attached. He will start to go inside and then come right back out. Do you think he has been told to stay around the the 3 point line and not to go inside? I watched this kid a lot last year and he was fearless going inside and doing the pick and roll. Some would say it is his speed or the players now inside are bigger but I watched him school Teague in 3 games. I watched AAU where he played up against some of the best and tallest kids and go right down the lane. The kid has skills he is not using for some reason. Maybe he is playing the role coach wants. Most of his assist were from going inside and dishing it off to other players. Maybe he feels this is not his team to run but something is not right. Some of you who watched him a lot in High School like I did what do you think? I can't believe he is the same kid. If coach has told him to play like this OK, but I just feel like his skills are not being used properly. If coach has not told him to play this role then he needs to stop being so timid and take charge. He dose have the highest assist to turnover ratio on the team but it could be so much better. Just can't get my arms around this. What do you all think??

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    Crean better think he has a REAL shot at landing Teague, because IU isn't in the position to be turning kids like J. Davis away at this point.

    I'm probably going to get crushed for this, but here goes. Listen, I love Butler and what they've built there, but I can't see how any high-rated recruit would choose Butler over IU, even with the current records taken into account. The overall experience, exposure and competition in the Big Ten is an entire different level from the Horizon League.

    Again, I love Butler, but how can you compare traveling to Cleveland St., Wright St. and Detroit, to playing in the intense rivalries of IU-UK, IU-Purdure and IU-UI on national TV. Traveling to places like Mich St. with the Izzone and playing in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, maybe even at UNC or Duke in your career. IMO, even given the current states of the programs, there is no comparison.

  • Kelin Blab

    Out of the frosh that are currently playing on the team, Jordan Hulls is the least one I am worried about because the criticisms of him has not changed since high school and the are constantly getting knocked down by him through his play.

  • JerryCT

    I will try my two cents at this:

    1. Confidence: His trouble getting through screens on defense has carried over to the other end of the floor ie Payne beats him on defense so he is reluctant to test him on offense
    2. Role: After Creek went down Hulls was the designated 3pt shooter in transition and secondary offense and largely continues to play that role now
    3. Ball Screens; There are much fewer ball screens set for him unlike Jones or JR
    4. Scheme: Our offensive schemes probably make him the 3rd option in most rotations
    5. Skills : He is not playing in HS anymore, if he gets penetration then he is staring at a 6'9″ shot blocker on help defense, he is simply not ready to challenge that

  • valpohistory

    I agree Butler is a big boy now, but do you ever see them making it over the hump? I personally don't think they will ever get good enough talent, but I could be wrong. I've heard Zeller is leaning hard towards IU, but that Butler is sitting in the back of his mind. I've also heard that Tyler Zeller is EXTREMELY unhappy with his role at UNC. It's also been said that Tyler wants to play with Cody in college (or vice versa). Purely speculation, but if he is so unhappy at UNC, a little transfer to IU, Cody commits and we land both Zellers!!!!! Let me stress again, strictly a pipe dream.

  • valpohistory

    I agree Butler is a big boy now, but do you ever see them making it over the hump? I personally don't think they will ever get good enough talent, but I could be wrong. I've heard Zeller is leaning hard towards IU, but that Butler is sitting in the back of his mind. I've also heard that Tyler Zeller is EXTREMELY unhappy with his role at UNC. It's also been said that Tyler wants to play with Cody in college (or vice versa). Purely speculation, but if he is so unhappy at UNC, a little transfer to IU, Cody commits and we land both Zellers!!!!! Let me stress again, strictly a pipe dream.

  • valpohistory

    Absolutely. I said something to that effect above your comment. I agree fully. Also, would like to hear your thoughts on the scenario above. STRICTLY A PIPE DREAM

  • Kelin Blab

    Why Hulls and Roth are must haves….for Mo Creek….

    I thought of this after my 3-1 record from my pick up game yesterday…(at 38 I still have it)
    We won the first game because we had guys who could get to the basket and once help came we bombed three after three after three on them with kick outs….at one point in the pick up game the other team considered going zone….

    My ez point is, IU with Creek, Rivers, and vj3 next year will have two more kickout options with Hulls, Roth, and Sheehey that will open up the offense alot more this year.

  • valpohistory

    I agree with all of those. He's also an extremely smart player who is learning as he goes. He saw his shot get blocked a few games back against a tall athletic player, so he is picking and choosing his spots a little bit better at this point. He'll get it figured out

  • valpohistory

    Absolutely, and they'll work on their shooting this summer, making them even more consistent threats from 3 land. I look forward to getting our best player back next year!

  • Guest

    I will respond to you instead of JerryCT because apparently he is under the impression that centers who he would run into in the lane do not grow to 6'9 until college. All that AAU you just spoke of and the teams like Detroit Country Day that had three kids 6'9 or taller that jordan had no problem going into. So im pretty sure he'd be fine challenging that. And confidence, haha not even going to respond to that. In answer to your question ronb I think it is less the coach telling him not to do certain things and more of just his coming into his own. On a different thread I talked about how the parallel between this year and his role his freshmen year at south were very similar. He was regarded as a distributor and three point shooter only. Over the years he turned into the drive and disher and the guy who would stop and pull up from the elbow (Just so you know JerryCT against much taller competition i.e, mcallum and donavin kirk who is 6'10, bigger guards like teague at pike or john wall during aau where his performance earned him a phone call from coach K at duke but coach K must have no idea what he is doing according to ole jerryct). Anyway ronb I dont know what it is either, but I am not to worried about it either. His game will develop and in a couple years we will forget people like jerryct or anyone else who questioned his ability to contribute as a starting pg at IU

  • JerryCT

    Ronb questioned why Hulls play is not the same NOW as last year in HS or AAU. He did not ask about Hulls play 3 years from now.

    Your answer of “i don't know” did not help much………next time sleep at a Holiday Inn.

    I agree with your assessment however that he is a boy playing against men and when he matures his game he will one day be great.

  • Kelin Blab

    Out of the frosh that are currently playing on the team, Jordan Hulls is the least one I am worried about because the criticisms of him has not changed since high school and the are constantly getting knocked down by him through his play.

  • valpohistory

    Absolutely. I heard during one of Coach Crean's pressers that he made DWade do the same thing when he was academically ineligible when he was a freshman at Marquette. He even made DWade lead huddles for him. I love that Coach Crean is making him stay involved with the team, even though he can't be on the floor for them.

    Can't wait to see Creek back out there for us.

  • valpohistory

    Absolutely. I said something to that effect above your comment. I agree fully. Also, would like to hear your thoughts on the scenario above. STRICTLY A PIPE DREAM

  • valpohistory

    I think that biggest thing right now is that he isn't as confident. I've seen a few times where he was driving the lane confidently and he got the ball put four rows up. I agree that he should definitely take the ball harder to the rim, and he makes fantastic finishes at the rim sometimes, but he isn't really playing the same role he did as a high school player. He has taken it very hard in some situations, and I think he is definitely choosing his spots, and he makes great buckets when he actually does choose to shoot it.

  • valpohistory

    I agree with all of those. He's also an extremely smart player who is learning as he goes. He saw his shot get blocked a few games back against a tall athletic player, so he is picking and choosing his spots a little bit better at this point. He'll get it figured out

  • valpohistory

    Absolutely, and they'll work on their shooting this summer, making them even more consistent threats from 3 land. I look forward to getting our best player back next year!

  • vslice

    Not saying that Indiana has a chance to beat Purdue (though you never know, thats why the play the game) but lets just see how the loss of Hummel effects Purdue. They lost to a very good Michigan State team at home by 9 points, so don't tell me it doesn't hurt when you lose the heart and soul of your team. Purdue is still going to be an above average team, but without Hummel I think their chances at winning the BIg Ten Tourney and/or National Championship is now a distant dream. Its not even the fact that Creek was on the court or even scoring points. Its his quiet leadership, his defense, his confidence, and his basketball I.Q. that made the entire team better and this is the case with Hummel. I dont think Creek even knew that he was the leader of this team, but you notice this now that he's gone. I knew Creek was good, but now I understand just how good and just how much he meant to this team just like Hummel is to Purdue. So those people that say Creek is just an excuse, well lets just see how Purdue finishes up the year!!

  • Kelin Blab

    Do I ever see them making it over the hump….no. Their recruiting has gotten a lot better with the kid from Florida coming, the kid hopkins coming in from Manuel, and I see Stevens at alot of games Crean attends watching the same players….but their lack of 'national exposure hurts them some' and the mid major label continues to haunt them. Just as I see Purdue “NEVER” making it over the hump either but for different reasons….

    Here is your pipe dream valpo…..Cody Tyler committs to IU after this season….Tyler decides to leave UNC and come home to IU…..sits out next year, comes in the same year as Cody…the 'ZELLER NAME' would be LEGENDARY if they restored this program….

    Come on Cody, I know you are reading this. Butler is only on local tv for the most part dude and you, Tyler, Carlino, J.Davis and Ethertington coming in 2011….would put IU in the 'national conversation again'….

  • ronb

    Thanks guys for the feed back on Hulls. I know that kid can shoot given the time by a good pick or spot up fast break but those are far and few between. He is a smart player and it is not so much that he has to drive to the hole and get it blocked but he is great at dumping it to a big guy for a lay up. This kid directed a great undefeated South team and he was more locked in than he is now. He played against lots of big players and did not stop him. For the minutes he plays he gets few shots because he is a 3rd or 4th option but often he will be open when Jones, Watford and Rivers go down the lane and no kick out is made and we all know what happens more times than not a blocked shot,a turnover or a bad shot. The defenses are clogging the middle and they will keep doing it until we start making them guard us at the 3 point line. Mo Creek, Roth and the new guys should help. I still believe by the time he is a Junior we will see the real Hulls. I am being patient but at some point coach is going to need some plays to get the good shooters open. You give Hulls, Roth or Creek 20-30 shots a game and the scores will go up. Not to long ago they had a game where Rivers,Jones and Watford were a combined 7 of 35. It's not because they can't make plays it's the defense collapsing around them because their not defending the 3 point shots.
    I am confident things will get better. Keep the faith brothers!

  • MikeinNC

    This is a pretty impressive approach by TC, and great work by Creek. Looks like he will turn this into a net positive in the long run.

  • JerryCT

    In fact he is wise/smart NOT to challenge the help defender if he lacks confidence in his outlet or the collapse is too congested. It is also one thing to challenge say a Jujan Johnson as a HS player and a whole different kettle of fish to challenge as a junior in Div 1 .

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    While I'm not going to try and compare the Horizon League to the Big Ten, Butler's problem is that they're a small school, and there's not one team in any of the big six conferences that are going to do a home-and-home series with Butler. Especially now that they are considered a good mid-major program. Remember in the early 90s what happened when IU went to Hinkle and lost? No one else wants that on their resume, even if it would be considered “a bad loss”. So, comparing the schedules of Butler to Indiana's (or any Big Ten school) is really apples to oranges, or at least apples to pears.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I live down the street from UNC. I haven't heard anything about Zeller even considering transferring. In fact, a quick check of the “Zeller transfer rumors” all originate on Indiana-based message boards (and a couple from Bellarmine University). A quick look through the local blogs, including Tar Heel Fan (one of the better fan-run UNC blogs) has no mention of Zeller.

    Essentially, all I'm saying is, take this with a very large grain of salt.

  • JerryCT

    Ronb- Notice how you take your life in your hands around here when you begin questioning anything about Hulls ? Thanks back to you for being fearless enough to ask.

    It is critical to ask your question because Hulls is good enough and important enough to the team that asking your question and finding answers is key to the future ……… especially for those who want and believe that “this is Hulls team to lead “……not Irving's, Selby's, Teague's etc

    It amazes me that every player can be critically evaluated at times by all of us on this site but only one is defended by what he did in high school.

    There has been no defense of Pritchard by referring to his success in HS ( ie Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year ), or Watford, or Roth, or Rivers, or Capo or Elston …………and for good reason. It is irrelevant !

    Painful as it is to accept the only relevant thing right NOW is how we play tonight against PU and then against NW and in the B10.

  • valpohistory

    Says pipe dream several times above….

  • ronb

    Jerry, We are more passionate about Hulls because he grew up in Bloomington and we followed his career. He was on the #1 AAU team in the country and he was the point guard for a team who was # 4 in the nation. He had everyone gunning for him and trying to stop him. Coach K wanted him at Duke. He was an Indiana Mr. Basketball. He schooled many of the freshman playing at other colleges and current highly rated High School players. We want to see him do great things. That's why folks want to defend him. Most of us don''t know much first hand knowledge, with maybe the exception of Elston, about how these kids grew up. Maybe you are right nothing matters now about how these kids play in high school or AAU but everyone is quick to point out how our possible recruits are playing. I just can't believe he is the same player . Its like he is just shut down and holding back. I am not upset with you I just can't get my arms around this issue. I do thank all of you for your feedback. I promise I won't bring this up again. I am very hopeful for this team next year and it would be nice to get another win or 2 this year so we can end on a high note. So IU go kick some PU butt!

  • because it's Indiana

    Finally we have figured out why our Hoosiers are struggling.

    Youth?
    Injuries?
    Lack of size?

    Nope, it's JerryCT!

    Seriously, I am a big fan of Hulls. He will be great for us in a few years. I think he should get the start over Rivers from now on. That said, he does have some developing to do. Jerry's constructive criticism does not mean he is anti Jordan Hulls. Easy steady.

  • JerryCT

    Ronb – I understand the love for Hulls full well and I love him too for the same reasons you do.

    Your concern for him which motivated your question shows you are a true fan like me trying to figure out what might make a positive change.

  • ronb

    Thanks Jerry, I have started to blog on this site because you can get good responses with fans
    that care about IU. I left another popular site because it was all negative and dominated by Crean
    bashers and the guys who wanted to be serious about IU basketball could not. I like Steve Alford he was a great IU player on a championship team and he is doing well at New Mexico but that is all these guys want to talk about. I told them to go to a New Mexico site.

  • valpohistory

    What site was that? I just like to blog and am always looking for other places to try to gain knowledge

  • ronb

    The Hoosier Scoop.

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