2012-2013 Player Profile: Maurice Creek

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Maurice Creek.

Maurice Creek is back and healthy — finally.

The 6-foot-5 redshirt junior has yet to play a full season for the Hoosiers after undergoing three major surgeries in 22 months. Creek missed all of last season after tearing his left Achilles in October. But like he did after his previous two injuries, Creek stuck with the rehab program and says he is ready for the upcoming season.

“I feel like I’m back where I should be,” Creek said at Thursday’s media challenge. “I’m getting stronger every day. I’m full go now.”

Even if that is true, a few questions still exist that can only be answered with time. First, can Creek stay healthy? Even though the injuries were freak accidents, Creek still has to prove he can make it through the season without another injury.

Second, if he can stay healthy, will Creek ever look like the player who showed so much promise early? As a freshman in 2009, Creek scored 31 points against a Kentucky team that boasted players like John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Demarcus Cousins, and he scored in double figures in nine of the 12 games he played before being injured against Bryant University.

Creek had some bright moments during his sophomore campaign, but he didn’t quite look like the player he was the season before. Creek scored in double figures in six of 18 games as a sophomore, with a season-high of 19 points coming in a November game against Evansville.

“I [still] feel like myself,” Creek said. “There are some things I need to improve on, but that’s an everyday thing. … I feel like I have some things that I’ve got to show since I haven’t been on the court in a while.”

And third, how much playing time will Creek get this season given the Hoosiers’ improved depth? Much of that will depend on the answers to the first two questions, and whether Creek can consistently knock down a 3-point shot.

Junior Victor Oladipo, for one, thinks Creek will play a significant role.

“He can help us a lot,” Oladipo said. “Mo’s been on the sideline watching, but he’s still been a part of our program. He still can shoot the ball, nothing’s changed. He’s gonna help us a lot and play some significant minutes.”

Bottom line: It’s hard not to cheer for a guy like Creek. He’s survived through three nightmare injuries, and he’s back just in time for what could be a special season for the Hoosiers. If Creek can spread the court with a 3-point shot, he could see some significant minutes. Indiana already has most of the other offensive areas covered, but a reliable shooter can always get minutes on any team.

Quotable: “To be quite honest, I feel better than what I did two years ago. I just feel a lot stronger, a lot bigger.” — Creek at Thursday’s media challenge

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  • jpniles

    Holy cow… IF MO IS HEALTHY…

    Yogi
    Mo
    Vic
    Wat
    Zeller

    Then…

    Hulls, Will, Elston, PJ, Hollowel, and Perea off of the bench. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Best TEAM in the history of college basketball. Hands down!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i’m so amped for friday! can’t wait to get a glimpse of what kind of player creek’s going to be this year. no matter what role he takes on (is he the new matt roth?), i’m a huge fan.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I live in fear of hearing that Mo has had another injury… Partially because of how much he could help us, but mostly because I’d feel so awful for the guy. Here’s hoping he can have a solid comeback year.

  • MillaRed

    They say it takes an ACl tear two years before the player actually “feels himself.” After having one repaired I have to agree. With that being said, considering what Mo has been through, I am thinking if he truly is going to be a major contributor it would be next season.

    We have a lot of guards at our disposal this year, and next he can take Jordy’s minutes if 100%. It’s not as if I am not pulling for him because I am. I’m trying to be realistic. Just being able to practice with the team every day, getting some minutes here and there and improving his leg strength daily is a major victory under these circumstances. I’m not expecting major minutes.

    I can’t wait to hear the roar of the crowd when he first takes the floor.

  • dtfreed

    easy Francis, Mo is still a maybe, and the Frosh will need time especially against B1G, but this will be a deep team.

  • Swishmac IU

    It would only be fitting to have Mo start the first game of the year – I am not sure the roof on AH would be able to handle to roaring appreciation for what this kid has ben through. Well done Mo, well done.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Abell probably will. Etherington… I don’t know

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Kid deserves a standing O when he hits the hardwood for the first time this season.

  • millzy32

    I assume you mean that he could be a spark in games like Roth was because if he’s truly healthy he is a significantly better player than Roth ever was. Hopefully he will be healthy. I’d love to see him get a lot of minutes in the games that don’t really matter so that he’ll be ready for the Big Ten season. I know they probably want to take it slow with him but the only way to get in game shape is to play games and IU has enough non-competitive early season games to give him a good run at the very least.

  • millzy32

    The hype train is getting a little crazy. They will be really good but best ever? I’ll give them best in quite a while as far as IU teams go but think about this lineup from 1992-93 that didn’t win the title but should have. Bailey, Evans,Graham & Graham, Nover, Henderson, and Cheaney and Leary making occasional appearances as well. That team was stacked and they didn’t even win it all. 1987? 1981? 1976? Those were some IU teams with some lineups.

  • JD

    Is Hoosier Hysteria being broadcast online?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    It will be for a fee. I’ll have more details next week.

  • jack_j100

    Best ever? You must be young. You would not say that if you had seen the ’75 team play, better than ’76. A broken arm away from back to back, undefeated NCAA champs.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I really, really hope you are joking. I think IU will be very good this season. I think a 6th national title banner will be hung. That being said, saying this is going to be the best team in the history of college basketball, hands down is just ridiculous.

    Someone else wrote you must be young to make the comment. I am 25 and know this team shouldn’t be put onto any list of best teams ever, let alone at the top. Love the enthusiasm but I think it’s really short-sighted.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    WHOA cowboy, reign that nonsense in. we will be very good,but not in that class….yet.

  • marcusgresham

    I think that may happen at Hoosier Hysteria. The only way that building gets louder than the ovation for Mo is if Bob Knight himself strolls out of the wings.

  • jack_j100

    Sorry, got a bit of subject. Go Mo. Have a great season and would love to see you cutting nets in Atlanta.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    talent wise this team is really good….Mo if healthy is arguable the 2nd best player (based on his UK performance albeit a small body of work but illustrating the potential). That line up is what I picked for the B10 and if it stays healthy a run at the final 4….best ever at IU would be the 75-76team with 7 players drafted in or near the first round…however none of those 7 were as good as Cody could be and I could project Will, Yogi, Vic, Mo, CWat, Perea, and Cody as going into the NBA and Hollowel possibly as well. Thus, if they make a run to the title game this could be a special team…..and Hulls – well, he could be a coach there….

  • WhatsUpKnight

    yes i agree with you completely regarding the comparison to roth. i guess i’m just wondering if ctc will look to limit his minutes not only because of their depth, but also to lower the risk of injury. and whether or not he’ll be asked to be a shot creator (we know he’s got the ability), or if he’ll be shooting the open J when cody gets double-teamed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hunter.royal.7 Hunter Royal

    Mo is my daughter’s favorite player. We are having a #3 jersey made. Hope to get it signed. We did get to see the teams picture at AH. Can’t wait for Friday.

  • Jethro Troll

    It’s great to hear, in his own words, that he’s now a full go. I have to assume that means he’s also overcome his injuries mentally as well. I dont know how much longer you’ll be in Bloomington MO, but I’ll appreciate everylthing you give us while you’re here.

  • SCHoosier

    In Mo’s case, I think “healthy” means different things to different people. Wishin’ don’t make it so..but I’m wishing with fingers crossed that this kid will contribute this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    It’s worth noting that it has been two years since his last ACL injury. A year since the achilles rupture.

  • jpniles

    Wow. I am kind of surprised at the condescending comments. I am 30 years old so, no, I did not witness the greatness of the 75 and 76 teams. However, I did grow up hearing stories of them as I was put to bed by my father. Before you all jump on me… oh wait… that already happened…. anyway, notice two very important statements.

    1) IF (and I realize it is a big “if”) Mo Creek is healthy. I don’t think any of us can imagine what a bigger, stronger, better Mo Creek would add to this team. We would have 4-5 guys on the floor that could go off for 20-25 points at any time. And that is just the starters. Ridiculous.

    2) I said it would be the best TEAM in college basketball history. I am not discussing the individual talent level of certain players. I am talking about the overall talent on the team. From top to bottom, this team looks ridiculous. I also am talking about the team concept also. These kids don’t just believe they are like family, but they live and function as a family. I have no recollection of a team that has this kind of cohesive chemistry. We just can’t underestimate what the decimation of this program did to guys like CWat, Hulls, Creek, and Elston. If this team plays to its capabilities and if Mo returns to his star status, this is the kind of team that they write books and movies about.

    I am sorry if that is too “homer” for some of you. It is the way I see it. I don’t think that it will happen because I am sold on Mo being 100% healthy. However, it would not surprise me to see this team go undefeated this year. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  • jpniles

    Wow. Thanks for the condescension. See my reply for a further explanation.

  • jpniles

    You really hope this isn’t the best team ever? You hope I am joking when I say that I have bought into this team? Seems a little elitist.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Geez, everyone needs to take it down a notch. I’ve seen more controversial comments get hardly a notice. Your seemingly innocuous, though superlative, statement touched a few nerves apparently. Just because you think this team is going to be great, it doesn’t mean you denigrate the awesomeness of any of those other teams. People need to relax.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Well doubtfully best ever… But of course that’s yet to be seen. My question is what would the bench record be if they were their own team? Would they be ranked? Where would they finish in a stacked B1G this year?

    Hulls, Abell, Sheehey, Hollowell, Etherington, Elston, Perea, and Jurkin

    Great mix of youth and experience, IQ and athleticism, shooting and size… I think that team could finish 5th in the B1G, ranked around 23rd in the nation and be a 5 seed with 23 wins

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t see how my comment is elitist but okay. I am sorry if it came across that way. I would love for this team to end up being the best team ever and to win every game by double digits. I just don’t think that is realistic.

  • skotchie

    Well thinking back over the off season, all the hopes and projections for this team there really hasn’t been a lot of mention concerning Mo. I hope he presents the kind of problem we’d all like to have, he comes out playing like a beast and CTC has to find him minutes. He’s grown into an NBA body, I hope the best for you Mo.

  • jack_j100

    Jpniles- No offense intended, I was just saying people in
    general (myself included) seem to always compare teams and sports figures
    within our own time frame or era. I
    happen to believe the ’75 team was the greatest in basketball history. Of course I am very, very bias; I’m sure UCLA
    fans would disagree. They have a few
    better than average teams walking those halls.

  • Benhyoung14

    I don’t think he’ll see a lot of minutes until Big Ten play. He just didn’t have the strength last time around. I never thought we’d see the day when he suited up for IU again, but I’m glad we will. As others have mentioned I think he will be 100% in his Senior year or the NCAA tournament. He could be that X factor that nobody thinks about.

  • jmoney

    I absolutely love Mo. This kid was on his way to being a superstar, so it’s tough knowing that he’d be in the league right now if his luck wasn’t so bad. I love the “wild card” question. If Mo can contribute at all this year, then we’re gonna be real tough to beat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.j.almendarez Johnny Hoosier Almendarez

    is hoosier hysteria going to be streamed through the internet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.j.almendarez Johnny Hoosier Almendarez

    yeah. probably our last “great” IU team was ’92. if henderson didnt go down with that knee injury i think we cut the nets down.

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