Indiana's Maurice Creek will graduate, then transfer

Maurice Creek has some tread on the tires, but he'll find a place outside Bloomington. (USATSI)

Maurice Creek, who's been at Indiana the past four years and suffered brutal knee injuries that have hampered his career, will transfer from the school.

The announcement was made Wednesday, and Creek, who is earning his undergrad degree next week, will have one more year of eligibility left. He'll be able to play next season due to the grad-transfer rule that allows fifth-year seniors to seek a new program without having to sit a year/pursue a graduate degree in the process.

“With his graduation coming up next week, Maurice and his family have decided to pursue an opportunity where he can find the type of role that would provide him the minutes he desires and is accustomed to,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “In all my time as a coach, I have never witnessed someone overcoming the adversity that Maurice had sustained during his time. 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 and should also in the eyes of Hoosier Nation.”

Creek played 54 games in four years at the program, averaging 7.2 points. He was a potential breakout player for Indiana, but injuries to his knee and Achilles set him back. The freshman season was a big one -- he put up 16.4/ point per game before fracturing his kneecap in December of 2009. Healthy this past season, Creek was on the floor 7.8 minutes per game (1.8 points) while Indiana lived near or atop the polls for all of the regular season.

Indiana, which initially oversigned three players for the 2013-14 season, now loses Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston to graduation; Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller to early draft entry; and Remy Abell and Creek, who will transfer. The Hoosiers now have one open scholarship for the fall.

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