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He was touted as the cornerstone to Crean’s first recruiting class, the one that was supposed to help restore Indiana’s reputation as a national basketball power.

While the Hoosiers haven’t finished above .500 the last three seasons, many fans thought Crean’s latest prized recruiting class, a solid nucleus of upperclassmen and the return of Creek might finally get the program back to its winning ways.

Instead, they’ll have to do it without Creek, at least for now.

“All or our energy is devoted to Maurice in helping him through this latest setback,” Crean said. “I know he and his family have always appreciated the thoughts and prayers they receive from Hoosier Nation.”