Before the season, Hoosier fans had read and heard about all the hype surrounding Maurice Creek, the prep school guard from Oxon Hill, a Washington D.C. suburb.
But now, six games into the season, fans can see the truth behind the hype. The truth is Mo Creek, as he is more commonly called, is the best pure scorer on the team.
On top of that, he has led the team in scoring in five out of the six games, and is averaging 16.3 points per game, good for sixth place out of all Big 10 players. And remember he is just a 19-year-old freshman.
Creek obtains an impressive offensive arsenal. He has the range to shoot from anywhere behind the arc, as well as having the ball handling skills to drive the lane and make layups.
He also posses very quick reflexes, and a good basketball "IQ", which puts him in the right position most of the time, and leads to easy baskets.
If there are any knocks on Creek, it is that he gets a little too excited on offense sometimes, and makes stupid turnovers.
Also, he is shooting only 61 percent from the free throw line, although in the win vs. Northwestern St., he was 7-for-8 from the charity stripe.
As a Hoosier fan, it is really nice to see someone step up this early, and take the reigns as the scorer, something that took the young Hoosiers almost all of last season to find.
I expect Creek to keep contributing, but it will be interesting to see how he does come Big 10 season, when it is much more physical and demanding on the body.
The best thing about Creek is that he is just a freshman, and has three more years after this to improve, and maybe when he is a junior or senior will really explode and become good enough for the NBA.
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