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Offseason To-Do List: Maurice Creek

Maurice Creek sits next to Guy-Marc Michel during the exhibition game against Franklin. After injuring his knee in January, Creek would spend the rest of the year sitting next to Michel.

Chris Howell, Bloomington Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The fourth player in the series is sophomore guard Maurice Creek. PREVIOUSLY: Christian Watford, Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls.

2010-11 STATS: 8.3 points per game (38.9 percent FG, 31.0 3pt), 2.4 rebounds, 21 assists, 26 turnovers, 4 steals in 18 games.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Creek at least got back on the floor, even if it wasn’t for long and even if he wasn’t as effective when he was there. Tom Crean said repeatedly that Creek’s shattered left knee had been healed, and it was just leg strength that was holding him back. He said after Creek suffered a stress fracture in the right knee that the Oxon Hill, Md. native was very, very close to being his old self. As it was, he was a serviceable role player who could score from the outside, even if he didn’t do it with nearly the efficiency that he did as a freshman.

THE TO-DO LIST:

  • Get healthy. Of course, this is everything. Creek never looked like himself this year. He never had the explosion that he showed as a freshman. Never seemed comfortable making cuts or changing direction. That hurt him on defense. It hurt him attacking off the dribble, and it messed with his jumper. He didn’t have the lift he was used to, so he never seemed able to correctly calibrate it. Nature seems determined to prevent him from ever having huge quadriceps muscles, but he needs to get the leg strength back in his left leg and for his right knee to heal. Once he is healthy, the to-do list will get much longer, but right now it’s tough to tell where he improved from last year because his health has held him back.
  • Get his confidence back. Even throughout the offseason, whenever Creek made any sort of public appearance, statement on Twitter or anything else the public could see, he appeared to be beginning to take ownership of the team. He was crucial in the recruitment of Victor Oladipo and has served as a mentor to the fellow D.C. area native. He participated heavily in what turned out to be the fruitless recruitment of Moses Abraham, and told anyone who would listen that IU was on its way back. But once he got back on the court and recognized he wouldn’t be as empowered to make that happen as he hoped, he retracted to some degree and appeared to defer leadership responsibilities to Verdell Jones and others. Creek appears to be viewed by consensus as the most talented Hoosier, and if he comes back healthy he could also solve Indiana’s leadership issues.

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Offseason to-do list: Jordan Hulls

Indiana guard Jordan Hulls shoots the game-winning free-throws against Illinois. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The second player in the series is sophomore guard Jordan Hulls. PREVIOUSLY: Christian Watford and Verdell Jones.

2010-11 STATS: 11 points per game (48.2 percent FG, 41.4 3pt), 3.3 rebounds, 94 assists, 54 turnovers, 29 steals.

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IU women’s commit JUCO player of the year

Indiana University women’s basketball commit Jasmine McGhee has been named the WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year.

“The WBCA is thrilled to present Jasmine McGhee with the State Farm/WBCA JC/CC Player of the Year award,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said in a press release. “She has had an outstanding season, and is very deserving of this achievement. State Farm is synonymous with excellence, and so is this student-athlete’s performance.”

McGhee had 19 points and nine rebounds Tuesday as second-ranked Vincennes opened the NJCAA national tournament with a 91-66 win over 15th seed Wallace State. The Lady Trailblazers play Northern Oklahoma-Enid in the second round tonight at 9 p.m. You can watch a live stream of the game right here.

McGhee will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 4, in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.


Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge

We did this last year and are going to do it again: join the Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge.

It’s over on HeraldTimesOnline.com. Free to join, and either comment here with your username or send me an e-mail ([email protected]) and I will invite you to the group.

The winner of the overall bracket challenge gets a pretty cool IU gift bag.


IU football spring game info (pancakes are involved)

Yes, pancakes. And we’re not just talking about a particular sort of successful block. The IU athletic department has released some schdedule details concerning the first spring game of the Kevin Wilson coaching era, and it features a tried-and-true element of past IU springs: a Pigskin and Pancakes component culminating an hour before the 11 a.m. kickoff April 16.

Here is the schedule of events, per the IU athletics web site:

Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. with kickoff at 11 a.m. ET.
Pigskin and Pancakes: 8:30-10 a.m. FREE event

•Located in Knothole Park
•Come and meet, Fred Glass, Indiana Athletics student-athletes and coaches.
Fan festival will be on the West Concourse:

•Kid Zone will be set up with face painters, giveaway and inflatable’s
•Season Ticket holder tent with a special giveaway
•Varsity Club tent where fans can get a picture with the bucket
Get a chance to win great prizes throughout the game and meet Coach Wilson, his staff and the 2011 Indiana Hoosiers for pictures and autographs after the game.

The 2011 Cream vs Crimson Spring Game will be streamed live on the BigTenNetwork.com.


Jeremy Hollowell says decision coming by start of AAU season

Jeremy Hollowell, a Lawrence Central junior, wrote on Twitter moments ago that he’ll make a college decision before the start of the AAU season.

Talkin it over with my mom: I will be making my college decision before the start of AAU season

I Want to go in Aau settled knowing where im going not having to worry about it just focused on winning games having fun!

Hollowell will play for the Eric Gordon All-Stars this season, like he did a year ago. The 17U schedule is not up on the program’s site, but the 16U program will be at the IndyBall Shootout in Indianapolis starting on April 8.

That gives Hollowell about three weeks to make a decision. Of those currently involved with Hollowell, Indiana has been around the longest (at one point, he said it was between Indiana and Ohio State; he then backed off on OSU). The No. 39 prospect in the country, a 6-6 small forward who could easily slide down to guard, has also been pursued by Illinois and Purdue.


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