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Mitch Creek set for homecoming

Mitch Creek at Horsham Basketball Stadium on Wednesday with former coach Owen Hughan and Mitch's father Jeff.

Mitch Creek at Horsham Basketball Stadium last year with former coach Owen Hughan and Mitch’s father Jeff.

Fresh from his debut season in the United States’ National Basketball Association, star Horsham athlete Mitch Creek will return home for a visit next month.
Creek will be in Horsham on May 10, where he will run clinics for Horsham Amateur Basketball Association, HABA, players and catch up with family, friends and fans.
He will run a beginner-intermediate skills session from 4pm to 5pm and an advanced skills session from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
The cost of the sessions is $50 individually or $75 to attend both.
Creek will speak about his experiences as an NBA player at a free event from 7pm to 8pm.
HABA organisers have urged people to book online for all sessions and the speaking event at All association events will be at Horsham Basketball Stadium.
Creek last visited Horsham in August last year, before setting off to pursue an NBA contract.
He achieved his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA, the world’s best basketball league, this year.
He made his NBA debut with the Brooklyn Nets in January after starting the season with Brooklyn’s development team in Long Island.
Creek signed two 10-day contracts with the Nets, appearing in four games for the team.
When the Nets declined to sign Creek for the remainder of the season he returned to Long Island, but remained hopeful of a contract with another team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Creek to a 10-day contract last month before signing him for the rest of the season.
Creek made one appearance for the Timberwolves.
In his five NBA appearances Creek averaged 4.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game, only committing one turnover in 48 total minutes of court time.
Website Spotrac, which records the contracts of athletes in American professional sports, estimated Creek’s contracts this year paid him a total of $151,587 US, or about $212,062 Australian.
In December last year Creek signed a two-year deal to play for expansion team South East Melbourne Phoenix in Australia’s National Basketball League.
The contract included an NBA out-clause, which means he can leave the Phoenix if offered another NBA deal.
Creek previously played in the NBL with the Adelaide 36ers from 2010 to 2018.
It is unclear whether Minnesota intends to retain Creek for next season.

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