Catching Up with Maurice Creek

Class of 2009 commit Maurice Creek verballed to the Hoosiers in early May, but there hasn't been much news as of late on Scout.com's 17th-ranked shooting guard. Creek talks about what he's been doing as of late, and about getting together to talk with the other members of IU's '09 class....

Bloomington – The points haven't been as plentiful on the AAU circuit as of late for IU commit Maurice Creek.

Creek's lack of point production hasn't had anything to do with any sort of on-the-court struggles for the high-scoring IU commit. Instead, it's been because he's had commitments academically at South Kent School and has placed his focus there instead of playing every weekend on the circuit.

But things are about to heat up for the 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard. He recently led his team to a victory at an AAU event in Portland, Ore., and has trips looming to tournaments in West Virginia, Las Vegas and Phoenix. While Creek figures to put his scoring ability on display, he's also hoping to show that there are other parts of his game.

"I think I've improved my defense a lot," Creek said. "That's been a knock on me ever since I was a child, that I couldn't play defense. Now I'm showing everyone I can play at both ends of the floor."

There's little doubt that Creek has the tools to be as adept defensively as he is offensively. While his long arms and athleticism gave him the sort of versatility on offense that resulted in 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists/game as a junior at South Kent, those traits should also make him the sort of player that can defend a couple of different positions on the floor at the next level.

Besides having the tools to be good defensively, Creek will also have the motivation. He said he calls IU Coach Tom Crean and Assistant Coach Bennie Selzer and talks to them regularly, and they've talked about the importance of establishing a defensive mindset at IU.

"We talk about how I can be a good defender all the time," Creek said. "(Crean) said he knows I can score the ball, and now I just have to worry about the little things like defense. Defense is going to be a key for our 2009 class that we're bringing in, and Coach Crean is looking to find out who can stop the ball and play defense for Indiana."

Creek is Scout.com's 17th-ranked shooting guard nationally and the 76th-ranked player in the class overall. He's one of four players who have already given their verbal commitments along with Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston and Jordan Hulls. While Creek hasn't spent as much time playing AAU this spring as many other top-100 players, he said he has been able to meet up with his fellow IU commits at various stops and is getting familiar with his future teammates.

"They're all cool guys that I enjoyed hanging out with," Creek said.

One of the biggest topics of conversations was undoubtedly their futures at IU, and the role they can play in returning the Hoosier program to national prominence. It's a process that will get started this fall, but one that should take a big step forward in 2009 once Creek's class arrives on campus.

"All of us want to take the program to a championship," Creek said. "That's our mindset and our goal. As a group, there's no doubt that's what we're thinking about trying to accomplish when we're there."

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