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Creek returns to Adelaide

ONCE the face of the Adelaide 36ers, with his famous #55 projected to join other retired numbers in the NBL club's rafters, Mitch Creek returns to the city of churches next week for a one-off special event.

Hot off NBA stints with Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets and the bulk of the G-League season with Long Island Nets, Horsham-born Creek will run his "Mitch Creek Basketball Camp" tomorrow-week (Friday, April 26) at the Sixers' ancestral home, Titanium Security Arena.

The camp is open to all ages and skill levels and also will include a one-hour talk where he will recount his basketball adventure of the past 12 months and the dreams and work involved in prising open that NBA door.

Creek, who turns 27 the day after his session in Adelaide, patiently and despite injury-setbacks has constructed an exceptional career, with the future even brighter.

He played state junior ball for Victoria Country, competed in Big V with Horsham Hornets and was a scholarship holder at the AIS in Canberra.

Leading Australia to Gold at the prestigious international Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany, he was named the event's MVP, before joining the 36ers for the 2010-11 NBL season.

Adelaide fans watched as he blossomed from an athletic tyro into a consistently outstanding contributor to the 36ers' success at both ends of the floor.

In 2016, he led Southern Tigers to the SA Premier League title, topped by an MVP championship game where he scored 29 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.

The 36ers' captain in 2016-17, he led the club to the regular season championship, having also established himself in the Australian Boomers team.

The Boomers won the FIBA Asia Cup in 2017 and Creek was at the forefront of that success, unlucky not to be included in the tournament's All Star Five.

In the 2017-18 NBL season, as the 36ers fell short in the Grand Final Series to Melbourne 2-3, Creek was voted as the league's "People's Choice" MVP and won his beloved club Most Valuable Player award.

A career which included a stint in Germany and several NBA Summer League appearances culminated in Brooklyn Nets' interest and a 2018-19 season which saw Creek crack the NBA.

But his relationship with Adelaide soured when the club held up his NBA clearance and threatened Supreme Court action in a bid to earn some financial compensation for his release.

Subsequently the 196cm swingman synonymous with 36ers success, was signed by incoming NBL club South East Melbourne Phoenix as its first major recruiting coup.

But the likelihood is Creek will continue in the NBA, with young local basketball stars now having this one-off opportunity to learn from the young master while also hearing about his journey of perserverance.

Bookings are open to the Mitch Creek Basketball Camp and here are the details.

Friday, April 26 at Titanium Security Arena.

All camp students should bring a drink bottle and a basketball, with all ages welcome.

9 to 10am Beginner/Intermediate skills session (Cost - $50)

11 to 12pm Advanced skills (Cost - $50)

OR ... do both sessions for $75

1 to 2pm Mitch Creek talks about the NBA (Cost - Free)

Auction items will include a Nets signed jersey, a Timberwolves signed jersey, signed Nets and Timberwolves game shoes and 3x1 hour private coaching sessions.

A percentage of all money raised will be donated to the Jodie Lee Foundation.

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