The reason, he said in a university release today, is simple:
More playing time.
“I want to thank Hoosier Nation for their support during my four years at IU,” Creek said. “I am grateful that Coach Crean gave me the opportunity to come to Indiana University. As much as anyone, he has helped me turn from a boy into a man. I feel like I would have a better opportunity for more playing time at another school where I can be eligible right away.”
The 6-5 Creek endured two severe knee injuries, plus a torn Achilles tendon, that stripped him of much of his athleticism and explosiveness. He averaged 7.2 points in 54 career games for the Hoosiers. He was the nation's leading freshman scorer at 16 points a game, including a 31-point effort against Kentucky.
Creek played in 24 games this season and averaged 1.8 points in 7.8 minutes. He played in just one minute in IU's Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse and didn't play at all in the NCAA tourney game against Temple.
“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,” Crean said. “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's transfer, plus the transfer of guard Remy Abell and the decision of Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo to leave early for the NBA, means the Hoosiers are now one below the 13-scholarship limit.