BLOOMINGTON -- Once again Maurice Creek is playing the spectator role.
Indiana's often-injured junior guard is sidelined indefinitely after injuring his foot. He missed Wednesday night's 93-54 win over Mount St. Mary's.
“We are sad he's injured,” coach Tom Crean said. “You never want to see anybody hurt, but you especially don't want to see him go through hard times because he has continued to get better.”
Creek was injured during a Sunday practice. He was wearing a boot Wednesday night.
Creek has had two major knee surgeries, plus a surgery to replace a torn Achilles tendon, that has cost him a couple of seasons.
This season he played in 10 games, averaging 3.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 11.3 minutes.
“We don't have a time frame on it,” Crean said when asked how long Creek could be out. “We are hoping it's not very long.”
He added, in a university release, that, “Maurice has been doing so much to improve and help our team. Hopefully this is just a temporary setback.”
Also IU added a walk-on freshman guard in 6-4 Paul Bayt. He gave up a scholarship to Manhattan to transfer to IU. He wanted to be closer to his Indianapolis home. He will be reunited with freshman guard Yogi Ferrell. They played on the state title winning Park Tudor team last year.
Bayt spent the first semester at Manhattan. He never played in a game, but still must sit out a year to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
“We are excited to have Paul at Indiana,” Crean said in a university release. “He is a well-coached, well-rounded winner who is an outstanding representative in the classroom. Along with Yogi, Paul played an integral part winning two state championships for one of the top programs in the state of Indiana in Park Tudor. He brings some Division I experience to IU, but more importantly he brings a great attitude and an ability to shoot.”