Maurice Creek tears Achilles tendon, undergoes surgery.

This is just heartbreaking.  The most injury-cursed IU basketball player I can recall has suffered another horrible setback.  As the Herald Times and numerous other outlets are reporting, IU junior guard Maurice Creek has torn his Achilles tendon and underwent surgery today.  IU has made no official announcement about how long he will be out, but these injuries generally do not involve quick recovery. Creek was the leading freshman scorer in the nation in December 2009 when he fractured his left patella in a game against Bryant.  Last season, he was struggling to find his game when he suffered the same injury, only to his previously healthy right patella, in a game against Michigan. 

I really don't know what to say.  Early in his career, Creek showed signs of the talent and game to become an IU legend.  Less than two years later, his career has become and injury-riddled mess for reasons that are beyond my comprehension.  Get well, Maurice. 

UPDATE: IU's news release is below the fold:

Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery today to repair a torn Achilles tendon he suffered away from the basketball court in his left leg. His status for the upcoming season has not been determined.

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

It is the third serious injury he has suffered in the past 22 months. Creek had surgery to repair a broken left patella in late December of 2009 and last year he was shut down after a stress fracture in his right patella ended his season in January. This latest injury had no impact on either of his previous injuries to his knees.

"This is a devastating blow for someone who has worked so hard to get himself in a position to help this program again," said Crean. "He is going to receive the best medical care possible and we will take his recovery one day at a time. I think the most important thing that we can do is to make Maurice know that despite his injury, he can serve a very vital role in helping our program and we will actively keep him involved every day."

In 30 total games for the Hoosiers, he is averaging 11.5 points and and is shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range. He averaged 16.4 points as a freshman and 8.3 points last year. His career-high came when he knocked down 31 points against Kentucky as a freshman.

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