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Former Indiana basketball player Maurice Creek says he’s finally leaving after being stuck in Ukraine as the country faces threats of invasion from Russia. He has been in the country playing in the Ukraine Superleague.

Creek spoke with the Bloomington Herald-Times via direct message regarding his situation. He had hoped to evacuate the country on Friday but was unsuccessful.

“It’s bad today,” Creek said, via the Herald-Times. “Let’s just say I’m in a bomb shelter.”

On Saturday morning, Creek sent out a new tweet saying that he would be leaving the country.

“Just want y’all to know I’m on my way out of Ukraine(.) Thank you everyone for your help, prayers, everything all of you mean a lot to me,” Creek wrote.


Creek is playing for Mykolaiv this season. The United States State Department advised all American citizens to leave the country two weeks ago because of intelligence that Russia planned to invade Ukraine. However, the basketball league did not pause play until this week.

Creek spent four years at Indiana but played in just 54 games over three seasons because of injuries. He concluded his college basketball career by transferring to George Washington.