Three IU guys shine at Derby Festival Classic

Maurice Creek

Maurice Creek carried an Indiana flag as he was introduced before the start of Saturday’s Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Monty Howell | Herald-Times

LOUISVILLE — Of the three future Hoosiers, only Maurice Creek started for the Gold team during the Derby Festival Classic on Saturday. Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls came off the bench, and the three appeared only briefly as a trio.

Still, it was a strong night for the Hoosiers.

Read more after the jump.

Creek scored 21 points, tops among the Gold starters, in 26 minutes. He was 8-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and also had six rebounds and an assist.

Watford came up with 26 in 21 minutes, on 8-of-18 shooting and he was 2-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. He was 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Hulls only had six points, but he was 2-of-5 from the field (both 3-pointers). More importantly, for him, he had zero turnovers and two assists in 21 minutes.

The Gold won, 151-145. That does not matter, though.

What we saw was that Watford needs to get stronger. He was blocked twice in one possession by Florida-bound forward Eric Murphy.

He still scored a lot of points, but right now he is more of a small forward than anything else. He might not be ready by October to start in a potential small lineup of Creek at the 3 and Watford at the 4.

“Christian, when he gets on a roll, he doesn’t miss,” Hulls said.

Creek is a dynamite scorer, with a nice tough on his 3-point shots. He also gets after it on defense, even in this environment.

The big thing for Hulls was just how would he stay in front of some of the quicker guards in the game, like Peyton Siva and Eric Bledsoe.

He did well, for the most part. But it’s something he needs to get better at.

“I already knew what I had to work on,” Hulls said. “I have to get faster. I think I can keep up with those guys for the most part, but sometimes, in fast-break situations, it’s hard to keep up.

“I didn’t think I did terrible, but obviously they were quicker.”


  1. I’m not too concerned about Hulls’ ability to defend some of those players in an all-star game in which nearly 300 points were scored. Something tells me maybe the principles of team defense and game management weren’t exactly stressed by the coaches in this game.

    Now, Higgi, Calbert–that’s some tall cotton. That’s an old southern saying for something that’s extremely good or a statement that may be a stretch. So while Creek has loads of potential, comparing him

  2. Okay, got a little quick with the trigger finger.

    My previous post should continue ” …. to Calbert Cheaney may be a little much at this point, but that would be nice!”

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