Maryland scorer spending time in College Park

Throughout his youth, Maurice Creek would spend hours a day, every day, working on his jump shot on the hoop atop the hill where his grandfather lives in Oxon Hill. All of that practice helped Creek become one of the most best young shooters in the D.C area, and because of that he's been spending a lot of time somewhere else – Comcast Center in College Park.

The question is, with other big-name schools such as Georgetown, Texas entering the picture, do the Terps remain the favorite for the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter from Oxon Hill (Md.) High School.

"Yes sir," Creek said. "I still like them the most."

And it's clear the feeling is mutual. Creek has been a frequent guest at Terps' games of late, most recently taking in the huge win over UNC. He's been hearing steadily from the Terps and will be back at Comcast this weekend for the N.C. State game.

"I got to shake Coach Gary Williams' hand in [the locker room]area]. Coach Williams was doing interviews and stuff so mostly I just talked with Coach Chuck Driesell," said Creek, who is also being recruited by Georgetown, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

Driesell "told me my pull-up game is the best he's seen in a while because most people can't do it," he said.

Creek's season recently ended with a loss to top-seeded C.H. Flowers in the region quarterfinals. He'll play AAU ball once again with Triple Threat, one of the area's better programs and the same team incoming Terps Adrian Bowie and Shane Walker suited up for.

"He'll have an easier time getting to show what he can do, because he'll have a lot of really good players around him," Triple Threat coach Keith Stevens said. "Scoring in the 20s against doubles and triples [teams] isn't easy."

Creek started off the year on a torrid pace, averaging 33.3 points in his first four games. When teams caught on to how he was torching everyone, they pressed Oxon Hill, which has inexperienced point guards and no true big man, and threw all sorts of defensive schemes at Creek.

That slowed both he and his team down, though he still finished with an average of 22.2 points per game in the Prince George's County 4A South League --Maryland's most competitive public school league. But the experience did provide him with a hint at what he needs to work on this offseason.

"I've got to get more athletic than I am and work on my footwork," he said. "It was a good season but it didn't end where we wanted it to end, but that will come with time," he said.

Creek's ability to shoot while on the move is his biggest strength. Left wide open, he's an outstanding shooter, but he's also quite adept at stopping and popping when the window is there. He has a nice handle for his size along with good athleticism, but, like many young players, could stand to get stronger so that he can go to the hoops for points more often. Once he does that, there's no telling how good he could be.

Creek said that because of Maryland's recent resurgence and Driesell's diligence on the recruiting trail, the Terps have become a trendy name again amongst area high school players. He's talked to a few local standouts about the possibility of teaming at Maryland, which he grew up watching, dreaming of being the next Juan Dixon.

"It's amazing. I didn't think that this day would come," he said of being heavily recruited by Maryland.

But he's also not getting ahead of himself in terms of focusing on his recruitment.

"I'm pretty young, so the offers are going to come in time," he said.

And the wait probably won't last very long.

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