Tom Crean’s postgame comments on Maurice Creek

  • 12/29/2009 8:43 am in

Courtesy of IU Media Relations:

“I’ll start with an update on Maurice (Creek), he has a fracture of his left knee and will have surgery tomorrow. I am in the process of getting his parents here so they can be here for the surgery. I don’t have many more updates than that. He is a very, very special young man. It’s gut-wrenching in so many fronts when you see a young man like that go down, who works as hard as he does. It’s a little different for us as the Crean’s and for the coaches because he was probably going to be with us where ever we were at, whether it was Marquette or here at Indiana.”

“For him to come with us here sight unseen, and commit four months before he ever saw the campus, that’s a special young man from a special family. Obviously our number one concern is that everything goes well throughout that surgery and I have great confidence that it will. I told the players this is one of the reasons that you come to Indiana that you hope you never have to use – the professional care that you get when you come to a school like Indiana. With the resources that we have here, it’s tremendous. He is in great hands there.”

“Our team certainly feels for him. They had a very good performance tonight. They did a lot of really good things. Obviously we are playing a team that is going through growing pains and doesn’t have a great record, but when you hold a team to 25 percent from the field, and 18 percent from the three-point line, it’s really about what your team is doing. We needed to have a game like that and we had a game like that. More importantly than that, they really, really feel for their teammate, and as a coach you hate to ever see anyone go through that. But also as a coach and a leader of the program, you know that you have a program on the right path, when they care that way about their teammate. They are going to have to mature.”

“I was asked a question from John Laskowski, what the difference going into the Big Ten, and I said, well the biggest fear is the maturity you have to have moving forward and now that maturity is going to get tested even more. Not just because he’s the third-leading scoring freshman in the country, but because Maurice Creek on the court brings confidence because of his athleticism, talent, and his ability to score. That’s what great players do, they bring confidence to their teammates. Now, we are going to have to find confidence from one another. We will have to continue to find that confidence from our crowd. They are stunned right now, but then they are going to be stung. We said to the team, in football they talk about next man up and it’s not a situation here where one individual is going to come in and get 18 points a game, everybody has to do more and that’s the bottom line.”

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  • HoosierSmitty

    I hope Maurice has a full and quick recovery.

    Unfortunately, now we're screwed as a team. Plain and simple.

    That's just horrible misfortune..

  • CreamandCrimson

    My prayers are with Maurice Creek as he goes through surgery today. This is certainly a tough break for this team but they can't feel sorry for themselves for the rest of the season.

    I hope Creek comes back 100% for next season. For now, everyone needs to step up and it starts on Thursday against Michigan.

  • spiderman0551

    I hope he makes a quick recovery but let's face it, we aren't going anywhere this year. Maurice has proven he is a very good player and I'm sure he'll be back next year stronger and better than ever. Maybe this will give someone the opportunity to step on this team and get better due to more playing time. Remember we are playing for the future, and I would love to see Maurice have a full year under his belt, but the kid can flat out play now. If this injury happens next year or the year after, it would be devastating cause we should be contending for at least the Big Ten by then. I'd love to see see Hulls and Rivers more often at the same time, each has their strengths that can help the team quite a bit and they can both handle the ball pretty well, cut down on the turnovers maybe.

  • garydavid711

    A fracture is not as bad as ripping the tendons and cartilage up but I'm not sure we are being told everything. You need to change your login and make it big and bold and super access.

  • garydavid711

    A fracture is not as bad as ripping the tendons and cartilage up but I'm not sure we are being told everything

  • JerryCT

    I am not doctor but I have had microfracture and tibial osteotemy surgery on my knee. I guess if it is “only” a fracture of the kneecap he will be 12 weeks non weight bearing and then the hard work starts to rehab the tissues which atrophied from immobility. He could return good as new in body if not in mind next year. If it includes ligaments then he could still return good as new. If cartilage then he has a whole new set of things to worry about since they cannot fix cartilage.

    I loved the press last night as many of us have wanted to see. We need this defense when we fall behind and we are better at it than the 1/2 court defense. Now to have any season at all we need all other players to elevate their game.

  • cooper

    First thing I feel really bad for the kid, I hope he can have a full recovery. Clearly, the team is losing their best scoring threat. The difference with him out is huge but IU wasn't going anywhere anyway. This will give players the chance to step up and will do a lot to see what kind of rotation IU has next year.

    I really hope Crean doesn't bring Creek up again and again except for an update on how his surgery went. It may sound callous but he is gone and the team needs to move forward. It shouldn't be a boo hoo this was a tough game without Creek and don't let the media bring him up or talk about the impact without him. He is gone for the year and the players can't feel bad for themselves. No excuses.

    Team is going to have to generate offense differently and I think pressing would be the best way

  • MillaRed

    It just seems like there continues to be a dark cloud hovering over this program. I suppose I'll give myself another decade before I move on from the Sampson hiring and what it has done to this program and the fans.

    Mo Creek was doing great things and gave us a reason to watch IU basketball. Once again, we're looking ahead to ANOTHER season.

  • SteveO

    Coach Crean bringing up the medical staff immediately made me think of D.J. White. These are the same people who took care of him so well that he still got drafted, even as a big man with a history of problems in both feet. Hopefully they can keep it up with Mo's knee.

    Good to hear the team cares so much. Let them go visit him after his surgery, get all the emotions out, then get ready for Michigan. If they respond the right way, it'll be the best practice of the year.

  • BaseballBuc

    This is just another punch to the gut for this program. Here are some questions and observations:

    Who will start in Creek's place? Crean could go with the 2 point guard line up with Hulls and Rivers. But you lack a true scoring guard. Devan Dumes has played relatively well off the bench, I would personally like to see Dumes start at Creek's spot. Reason being that I love Hulls off the bench, he is an instant spark.

    Who will step up to make up for the lost points? If you ask me, this is a Perfect oppurtunity for VJIII. He needs to start playing the way he did against Pitt were he put the team on his back. Also last night is a good example, that we NEED to get Watford the ball more. Let him drive, let him pull up. He will get to the free throw line.

    Lastly, who gets the ball in a close game? Rivers seems like he would be the guy, as long as he can hit free throws. But I wouldn't object giving the ball to VJIII, simply because he can get a shot whenever he wants.

    As for Creek, We all wish you well as you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • higgy

    can he receive a medical red shirt still?

  • tberry

    NO. He has already played in to many games!!!

  • hoosierodi

    Anyone got any details on Roth's recovery, we could really use him right now.

  • Andrew

    Like many have said, I feel awful for Maurice first and foremost. Whether we're 12-0 or 6-6, it's a damn shame for him personally. That being said, I'm really kind of baffled by some of the comments like “now we're screwed as a team.” Am I missing something? Didn't we just lose to Loyola (Md.) with him? We are obviously much better with him on the court, but let's not rewrite history here. I like Crean of course, but like cooper said, I hope he doesn't bring it up after every loss. He tends to go way too “big-picture” for my liking after seemingly every loss in his post game comments with Don Fischer. (Really, coach, the program was decimated and we're starting from scratch? I wasn't aware.) And one last thing…let's end this nonsensical talk about a medical redshirt. Even if they would grant him one, he is not going to be playing college basketball for FIVE years, just like DJ White wasn't going to. If he's healthy, we'll still be lucky to keep him for four.

  • MillaRed

    We are truly sorry you are so baffled and we are nonsensical.