Former Indiana player Maurice Creek has endured a lot over the course of his career. Injuries sidelined him from a promising run while with the Hoosiers. And due to those injuries (like a fractured left kneecap in 2009, and a stress fracture to his right knee in 2011), and the influx of talent Tom Crean is bringing in to Bloomington, Creek opted to transfer out of Indiana in coordination with his completion of undergraduate studies.
That makes him a fifth-year transfer, which means he's free to go where he'd like and not have to sit a year. On Friday, Creek announced his new school via Twitter.
But at this time I would like to announce that I will be attend GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Next year twitter.com/Maurice_creek/…— Maurice Creek (@Maurice_creek) June 7, 2013
Creek, who is from Maryland, averaged 1.8 points in 7.8 minutes last season. If his body is willing, he'll see both of those averages go up for 2013-14.
"In all my time as a coach, I have never witnessed someone overcoming the adversity that Maurice had sustained during his time," Crean said in a statement after Creek announced his intent to transfer in late April. "His attitude, ability to continue to work and his passion for the game of basketball have never wavered. He has been an integral part of our basketball family and will always remain that in our eyes and should also in the eyes of Hoosier Nation."
George Washington, which will be playing on a new surface this season, is trying to move up the ranks in the Atlantic 10. The program hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2007, and it enters next season under coach Mike Lonergan, who'll be in his third year with the team.