Returning starter who was in the opening lineup 34 times in 2009-10 and will be expected to hold down the starting center job again this winter ... Demonstrated great leadership down the stretch last season with a 14-for-15 effort at the line in four games of the CIT, helping him earn MVP honors of the 16-team postseason event ... Also an academic all-star having twice earned MVC All-Scholar-Athlete team honors in his two seasons in The Valley.
Started 34 of 36 games and finished fourth on the squad in scoring (8.6) and third in rebounding (4.7) during his first full season of competition with the Bears ... Was a two-time MVC Prairie Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Week and earned MVC Scholar-Athlete first team ... Selected as MSU's Missouri Valley Conference State Farm Good Neighbor Award recipient for Winter 2009-10 ... Named MVP of CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament after posting four straight double-figure scoring games, shooting 16-for-25 (.640) from the field and 14-for-15 (.933) from the line with 25 rebounds and 6 blocks ... After two games in reserve, he returned to starting lineup vs. Creighton (3/24/10) in CIT semis and had team-high 6 rebounds and 13 points ... Came off the bench with 10 points and 10 rebounds in win over Louisiana Tech (3/22/10), his first double-double of season ... In first non-start of the year, he tallied 14 points and was 7-for-7 at the line in CIT win over Middle Tennessee (3/17/10) ... Had game-high 8 rebounds in MVC Tournament quarterfinal loss to Wichita State (3/5/10) ... Collected 11 points and 5 rebounds in BracketBusters win over Nevada (2/20/10) with 5 field goals on ESPN2 ... Had 9 points and 9 rebounds with career-high 4 assists in loss at Wichita State (2/14/10) ... Was 9-for-11 (.818), including a three-pointer in win over Southern Illinois (2/10/10) for 19 points with 2 steals ... Had team-high 13 points and shared team-high with 3 assists in win over Creighton (2/6/10) on 6-of-7 shooting ... Had 12 points and team-high 7 boards at Southern Illinois (2/3/10), while going 6-for-6 at the FT line ... Had game-high 8 rebounds in one-point loss to #25 Northern Iowa (1/30/10) with 8 points on 4-of-10 shooting ... Had career-high 20 points and had 7 field goals in win over Evansville (1/27/10) with season-best 8 rebounds and 2 assists, helping earn him Coors Player of the Week laurels ... Had 12 points, 4 rebounds an a blocked shot at Creighton (1/24/10) while going 5-for-7 from the field ... Had 15 points against Indiana State (1/19/10), going 5-for-7 from the field. Was also 5-for-5 at the FT line with 5 rebounds ... In win at Arkansas State (12/12/09) with game-high 17 points, 6 boards and 5-for-7 shooting ... Dropped 9 points and 6 rebounds on his hometown Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11/28/09), while icing 4 free throws in the last 25 seconds ... His dunk against Nevada (2/20/10) was voted Dunk of the Year by Bears fans in on-line voting during the summer of 2010 ... Had six dunks during the season.
Named to Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team and All-Academic Team during his sophomore season ... Became eligible on Dec. 20, 2008 after transferring to Missouri State from Boston University midway through the 2007-08 school year ... Made an immediate impact on the Bears by earning a spot in the starting five in his fourth game with MSU, a 19-point, 11-rebound outburst in the league opener against Illinois State (12/28/08) ... Averaged 16.3 points per game during his first three career starts (12/28/08-1/7/09), including 17 points against Bradley (1/3/09) on 7-of-19 shooting and career-high 33 minutes ... Posted team-highs 15 points and 13 rebounds at Southern Illinois (1/29/09) ... Had career-best shooting performance against Evansville (2/4/09) on 5-of-6 shooting to collect 11 points off the bench ... Was the Bears' top scorer in two of their final four games, scoring 15 points in win at UT Martin (2/21/09) and 11 points against Creighton (2/24/09) ... Shared team-high honors in assists in Creighton game (2/24/09) with three ... Posted 10 rebounds in MVC Tournament opening-round against Wichita State in St. Louis (3/5/09) ... Hit tying free throw to force overtime at Evansville (1/7/09), finishing with 13 points and 8 rebounds ... Hit three-pointers in 11 games, including two against Illinois State (12/28/08), including a buzzer beater to force overtime ... His .449 shooting percentage was fourth on the squad ... In league games only, he finished 15th in the MVC in rebounds per game (5.7) and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.1).
2007-08 - Boston University
Saw action in four games for Boston University before transferring to Missouri State at the end of the fall 2007 semester ... Scored 11 points and secured 10 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game for the Terriers ... Finished with four points in his first two college games, at George Washington (11/14/07) and in Boston against St. Joseph's (11/17/07) ... Made 5-of-6 free throws (.833) during his freshman season, including a 3-for-4 outing against Manhattan (12/1/07) ... Grabbed four rebounds vs. St. Joseph's (11/17/07) and had three boards against Manhattan (12/1/07) ... Also had two steals in four games for the America East Conference squad ... Saw a season-high 16 minutes in the Northeastern game (11/19/07).
Was a four-year starter for Thomas Edison Prep in Tulsa, Okla ... After leading the state of Oklahoma in rebounding his junior and senior seasons, he was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association, Max Preps, High Schools Sports Magazine, Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman all-state team in 2006-07 ... Averaged 23 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots his senior season for coach Michael Parish ... Also scored a school record 68-percent of his field goal attempts and shot 74-percent from the line ... Set school records for single-game (26), season (452) and career (1035) rebounding ... Was Oklahoma Tipoff Magazine's preseason state player of the year his senior season, while earning all-district and all-Green County Conference honors for the third time ... Was also Tulsa all-metro twice, according to the Tulsa World ... Averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists as a junior in 2005-06 while making the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions all-tournament team his sophomore season ... Completed his high school career with a 4.0+ grade-point average.
William Thomas Creekmore was born 4/9/89 in Tulsa, Okla. . . He is the son of Tom and Beverly Creekmore of Tulsa, Okla. ... Has two older sisters, Allison and Julia ... Majoring in Finance ... Has a 3.72 GPA going into the 2010 fall semester ... Was also recruited by Hawaii, Pepperdine, Belmont, Cornell, and Wichita State ... Played with Blake Griffin in the Oklahoma vs. Texas All-Star Game ... Enjoys watching Entourage, and Niptuck ... Favorite movies are Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Avatar, and Blow ... Favorite food is the Chipotle chicken burrito ... Participated in community service projects at The Kitchen, and Boys and Girls Club ... Wants to attend law school after college.