Creek waiting to “get things straight”

We’ve been trying to reach Maurice Creek this week to find out about his timetable for heading to Bloomington.

Jordan Cohen of the IDS basketblog beat us to it, and confirmed the speculation I’d heard from sources: Creek is still waiting for test scores to confirm that he is eligible.

I just got off the phone with Maurice, who had just finished a workout with a trainer.

“My family just doesn’t want me to come yet,” he said. “They want to make sure we get things straight.”

When asked what needed to be set straight,  Creek said, “just test-score wise.” Creek took the SAT just last weekend, he said.

“I’m not really sure where I stand with all that,” he said. “My parents handle all of that. But one way or another I’m going to get up there. We just have to make sure it’s all set.”

In the meantime, Creek is back in Maryland working with multiple trainers, he said, and preparing for the vigors of college basketball.

“I’m trying to look at it as a good thing and a bad thing,” he said. “The good is I have really good trainers here and have been improving a lot. The bad is that you want to get into a system early and start to understand it. But I’ll get there as soon as I can and be ready to learn it.”

We’ve heard from four of Indiana’s other recruits — Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford — that they expect to be here by early next week, in anticipation of taking classes during the second summer session.

We’ve yet to hear from Bawa Muniru.


  1. I’m not really sure where I stand with all that,” he said. “My parents handle all of that.”

    Great! Sounds like you’re ready for college!

  2. You’ll be surprised how many freshman, sophomores, etc.. still have their parents making decisions for them. Nothing new. Hopefully, everything will work out for Maurice and he’ll be playing for IU.

  3. I think its weird that a HS senior is taking the SAT on the last date available. He has no chance to take it again before fall registration. You’d think he’d have already taken it at least twice: last spring and last fall.

  4. If they are having that much trouble just qualifying to attend, I’m concerned about them being able to stay eligible after they get here and try to keep up with college classes. Additional APR “hits” would be devastating plus those scholarships could definitely be used in 2010 and 2011 considering the excellent players who have IU “high on their list”.

  5. Exhibit A: Why the NBA needs to support its own minor league. Obviously he doesn’t belong in college.

  6. Good grief, we cannot catch a break. I hope his scores are satisfactory, but it does seem odd that he hasn’t taken the SAT yet.

  7. Okay, I just read the IDS piece, and it said Maurice Creek had a 3.6 GPA. Surely if he’s doing that well getting a qualifying SAT score won’t be a problem. Of course that would entail good luck falling IU’s way, which would be a surprise to me, but let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  8. His 3.6 GPA is probably the one on his transcript, which is neither the GPA IU admitted him with or the GPA the NCAA cares about.

    That said, it’s probably high enough that he really doesn’t need to set the world on fire with his SAT score (when compared to other basketball players).

    And unless you have a circus like 07-08, it’s probably easier to stay eligible than it is to qualifying considering the amount of help student-athletes get.

  9. Fellas,

    I believe Maurice had a 3.6 during one recent semester.

    His eligibility, of course, will be based on his cumulative GPA. Maurice has been to four different high schools, so his transcripts may be somewhat difficult to decipher.

  10. I don’t really understand why this is such a hullabaloo. He took the SAT the last date available probably because he’s been busy with basketball. Everything I’ve read about him seems like he’s a smart kid. I know the recent years have made us all a little twitchy, but do we really have to turn all Chicken Little when something like this happens?

  11. I think that we need to stop speculating and trust Coach Crean and his staff. They seem to have a system that recruits great athletes who are also qualified academically.

  12. I agree with mjs1951. Coach knows what he’s doing. Let the academic staff work with this kid. If he has an academic attitude at IU he’ll be ok.

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