Bloomington – It's not too hard for Hargrave Military Academy Coach Kevin Keatts to understand the value of Maurice Creek.
"Maurice is going to be a very important player for Indiana and the reason is he simply makes shots," Keatts said.
While the 6-4, 185-pound Oxon Hill, Md., product will be doing that for IU Coach Tom Crean beginning in the fall of 2009, he'll be doing it for Keatts this upcoming season. After spending his junior season at South Kent Prep in Connecticut, Creek will play for Keatts' program as a senior.
Keatts is getting a versatile wing who averaged 21.5 points, four rebounds and five assists last season on a South Kent team that featured other coveted recruits such as Isaiah Thomas (signed with Washington), Jin Soo Kim (verballed to Maryland) and Assane Sene (signed with Virginia).
South Kent lost successful coach Ralph Chillious midway through last season when he accepted a job with Nike, which in turn led to Creek looking elsewhere to conclude his high school basketball career. He'll be joining a Hargrave basketball program that went 29-0 last season and won the prep school national title in March.
As was the case at South Kent, Hargrave is a program loaded with Division I caliber talent that should continue to give Creek a great training ground to ready himself for Division I basketball. Among the players he'll be playing alongside are fellow IU recruiting target Chris Braswell and DeShawn Painter (Florida commit).
"We had very good guards this year, but I think Maurice will be able to step in and keep us on the same level of guard playing that we had the last few years, without question," Keatts said.
Keatts is familiar with Creek's skills, having seen him score 16 points against his team in January when Hargrave topped South Kent 90-68. But he has also been getting another first-hand look at him this week in Las Vegas. Keatts was in attendance for Creek's first game of the week with the DC Triple Threat AAU squad and witnessed him score 29 points in a win.
"I was at his game (Tuesday) night and he shot the ball really, really well," Keatts said. "He's going to be one of those guys who brings a lot to the table because he can put the basketball in the hole."
But Keatts said Creek's value isn't limited to his statistical production on the court – he said he's equally impressive when he's away from the floor.
"I'm excited that he's going to be playing with us because more than anything else, he's a great, great kid," Keatts said.
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