Mo Creek's Injury Has Given Jordan Hulls a Chance To Shine with Hoosiers

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

Most people have heard the story of how Jordan Hulls received his IU scholarship.

After an impressive performance at an AAU tournament in Pittsburgh in April 2008, Indiana coach Tom Crean quickly alerted his staff to get in touch with Jordan Hulls.

Just a few weeks later, Hulls was called and told to come in to Assembly Hall late at night. And with the bright lights shining on McCracken Court, Hulls received his scholarship from the coaching staff to attend Indiana University, his hometown school, and the place where his grandfather, John Hulls, coached along with Bob Knight in the 1970's.

A couple weeks later, Hulls committed to IU, and a year removed from receiving the scholarship, he had led his high school, Bloomington South, to a 26-0 record, a class 4A state title, and was named Mr. Basketball in Indiana.

Since arriving on campus, Jordy, as he is commonly known, has showed the fans his tremendous three point shooting ability, as well as his excellent passing ability, and high basketball IQ.

In the early season, Hulls, who is listed at 6'0'', although that might be generous, was used off the bench, but at times he looked timid, and afraid to shoot. 

However, with the season progressing, Hulls is slowly but surely adjusting to the pace of the game, and recently his performances have shown it.

Since the game versus Kentucky, Jordan Hulls has averaged over 22 minutes per game, and has been setting up teammates, grabbing rebounds, and making key shots during his time on the court.

Against NC Central Hulls recorded five points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and versus Bryant, he picked up 12 points, three assists, and three steals.

Even better, in that stretch of games, he had 14 assists, and just three turnovers, a testament to his high intelligence on the court.

However, his biggest contribution so far this season happened in their Big Ten opener at home against the Michigan Wolverines.

In just his second start, Hulls had 11 points, five rebounds, and a couple of dimes.

While those numbers don't look amazing, Hulls hit six straight free throws to put the game away in the final minute of the second half. He finished a perfect 8-8 from the line.

With the injury to Maurice Creek leaving the Hoosiers with an open starting spot, Jordan Hulls should step into the lineup, and will soon become an excellent point guard.

Pure and simple, this man is a winner, and with him on the court, the Hoosiers will still find ways to win.