Bloomington – Tom Crean has added another top-100 recruit to the Hoosiers' 2009 recruiting class.
Maurice Creek, a 6-5, 195-pound wing from South Kent (Conn.) Prep School, committed to the Hoosiers Saturday, picking Indiana over Miami (Fla.). IU Coach Tom Crean had been recruiting the Washington D.C. area standout when he was at Marquette, and that's now paid off for the Hoosiers with another standout commit for the '09 class.
"I always loved Coach Crean," Creek said. "He recruited me at Marquette and when they switched to Indiana they kept recruiting me. Indiana is one of the top basketball schools nationwide. It's a great academic school, it's got great tradition, great alumni. It's a great situation for me."
Creek, who said he plans on visiting Indiana next weekend, put up big numbers last season at South Kent Prep. Scout.com's 76th-ranked player in the '09 class averaged 21.5 points, four rebounds and five assists and figures to give Indiana some a much-needed offensive firepower from the perimeter.
He put up those big numbers at one of the nation's top prep schools as well, which should make him even better prepared to make an impact early in his IU career.
"South Kent has great competition," said Creek, who played at Oxen Hill H.S. in Maryland before transferring to South Kent before the start of his junior season. "Every school we play against has one or two or three players who are ranked really high. It's a great league with great competition, and that's helped me a lot this last year."
He'll be spending another season at South Kent this season, but after that it's off to the Big Ten and Indiana, where Creek already knows the role he's expected to fill.
"Indiana is a great opportunity for me to come in and do what I do best," Creek said. "We talked about me coming in to be a scorer, and that's what I do best. I'm looking forward to getting there."
While scoring is what Creek is best known for, he'll bring more than just a terrific perimeter shot to the IU lineup. He'll also bring the sort of versatility that will allow him to play a couple of different spots on the floor.
"My strength is my shooting, but I also love to pass," Creek said. "I'm a good offensive player, I could work on my rebounding but that's not a problem. I can be a combo guard, play the 1 or the 2."
While Creek hasn't made a visit to Bloomington yet, he said he plans on doing that next weekend. But that unfamiliarity with his future surroundings wasn't enough to keep him from pulling the trigger on Crean's offer.
"It was kind of tough to commit without visiting first, but talking to my parents and thinking about it, it's the perfect choice," Creek said. "My parents feel great about it after talking to Coach Crean, and I feel great about it. It's where I want to be."
Creek is the third member of the Hoosiers' 2009 class, joining forwards Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco. Indiana's 2009 recruiting class figures to be a big one as IU restocks its roster, and Creek is already thinking about accomplishing big things in an IU uniform.
"I'm going there with one goal in mind, and that's to win a national championship," Creek said.
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