Pro basketball player escapes Ukraine and returns to Prince George’s County – NBC4 Washington

A Prince George’s County basketball player who recently returned after fleeing Ukraine has received a warm welcome from relieved loved ones.

County native Maurice “Mo” Creek was playing professionally there when the Russian invasion began. There were times when he didn’t know if and when he would ever escape from Ukraine.

“I’m just happy to be out of this, I’m just happy to be with my family, my friends and my whole community,” Creek said.

Creek had to stay in a bomb shelter with walls thick enough to withstand heavy explosions.

He texted his mom, saying, “I love you mom.

“Our son should never have been in the middle of a war,” said Pammy Morgan, Creek’s mother, clutching his arm. “You never thought in a million years that something like this would happen.”

Creek’s journey to escape has been a long one, to say the least. It took him through Moldova and Romania, and finally on Thursday, back home to Prince George’s County.

“When I got here, that’s when I felt all the pressure and everything, all the weight on my back just [fell] down, so I’m just happy,” Creek said.

At the welcome party, there were hugs all around.

“There really are no words. I thank and praise the highest God and that’s all I can do,” Morgan said.

But while he was happy to be back, Creek said he couldn’t help but think of all the people he left behind.

“I just want to pray for them, I’m still sick, I mean I’m here, but I feel bad for them,” he said. “You know, my brothers who I built a bond with, my coaching staff who coached me and tried to make me the best player I could be.”

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