Terps Recruiting Update: Mo Creek

With a breakout sophomore season, Oxon Hill (Md.) shooting guard Maurice Creek went from virtually unknown to scratching the surface of the national radar. Now as he prepares to hit the crucial July period on the national hoops circuit, Creek ‘s name is being mentioned consistently among the national top-40 for 2009, and he's receiving college interest to match.

Texas, Ohio State, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Depaul and Clemson have all been recruiting Creek, who, as TerpsSportsReport.com first reported, has an early Terps offer and appears to be one of the staff's top priorities in the talent-gorged local junior class. His summer coach, Keith Stevens of Triple Threat, said UNC and Duke also have asked for information.

"A lot of schools have been calling, sending me letters, everything," said Creek, a 6-foot-4 natural scorer who averaged 22.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a sophomore.

Maryland and Marquette are the two schools showing the most interest in Creek, and both have offered. Creek, who grew up a Terps fan, is in steady contact with Terps assistant Chuck Driesell, who has been on him for a while now. Creek is intrigued by all of the aforementioned schools as well, especially Ohio State.

"Maryland's always going to be my top choice, or one of my top choices, because it's around the way. I grew up around Maryland, my family grew up around Ohio State," he said.

So, exactly how interested does the Maryland staff seem to be?

"They wanted me to commit early, but I told them I couldn't do that because it was a big issue, because of my parents. They want me to enjoy the recruiting process," Creek said.

Creek has several things going for him: He's humble but very competitive, he's got a silky jumpshot from 3-point range, he can attack the basket and he has a pull-up jumper few players in his class have. Still, he knows he has some things to improve upon – tightening up his ballhandling skills and strengthening his body.

"I need to get more athletic before I go off to college. My dad's a personal trainer and we've been working out a lot … I'm jumping higher all of the sudden, so I guess it's working," he said.

Added Stevens: "He's definitely getting more athletic."

Creek has not put up huge numbers during summer circuit play because his team – featuring Georgetown commits Jason Clark and Chris Braswell in addition to several more future Division I players – employs a spread-out offensive system. Triple Threat didn't play much in June, but Creek is about to embark upon a frenzied July period that could determine which schools are most serious about him – and which, in turn, he'll look at most seriously.

"In three days I have Reebok U., then we have the Peach Jam, and then we go to Vegas," he said, "and that's pretty much my summer."

As always, TerpSportsReport.com will keep you updated…

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