Tag:Ramone Moore
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 10:02 am

Temple's Moore opts not to file for NBA draft

Posted by Eric Angevine

Temple shooting guard Ramone Moore says he never intended to actually go into the NBA draft. He did, however, signal his intent to work out and gather professional evaluations as a nominal member of the Association's class of 2011. Where that temptation might have led, we may never know.

That's because, following a conference call with his parents and a mentor, Moore decided that his commitment to the Owls comes first. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story:

"It was basically a family decision," Moore said in a statement about changing his mind. "We talked it over this morning and I realized that my main focus was to stay in school, earn my degree, and play my senior year at Temple."

According to a source, Moore "decided to enter his senior year at Temple without any distractions. He didn't want to make coach Fran Dunphy mad.

"He didn't want to make it seem all about him and his dream to make it in the NBA. That would have distracted from the team and the team's goal."

The logic is a bit strange, really. Testing the market is actually a pretty good idea for a talented junior. It lets him see what he needs to work on in his senior season. Dunphy himself seems completely unworried by the notion of Moore giving it a whirl. He told the Inquirer "Ramone is always a team guy. He would be a team guy if he tested the waters, and a team guy if he didn't test the waters."

U Mad, coach? No.

Moore was the team's leading scorer last season, averaging 15.4 points per game. He scored 23 in Temple's second round win over Penn State, and pitched in 17 in a double OT loss to San Diego State in the third round of the NCAA tournament in March. Last season he averaged 33 minutes per game, well above what he contributed in his first two seasons in Philly, when he averaged under 20 minutes per.

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With Moore set to return, Dunphy loses only 6-foot-9 Lavoy Allen from his rotation. Moore and Argentinian Juan Fernandez form a formidable senior backcourt alongside younger tourney-experienced junior guard Kahlif Wyatt and sophomore-to-be Aaron Brown. So far, Dunphy's lone recruit is Will Cummings, a true point guard from Florida. Rahlir Jefferson is a slender 6-6 wing who could concievably play beside Scootie Penn Scootie Randall (interesting cerebral flatulence there...) to form a shortish frontcourt, a situation that should be helped by the return of 6-11, 240-lb. Nigerian Micheal Eric, who missed most of conference play and all of the postseason this year due to injury. Dunphy still has his eye on local kid Jaylen Bond, a muscular 6-7 player who recently de-committed from Pitt and announced his decision to attend a year of prep school instead.

Even without a huge frontcourt, the return of Moore makes Temple an early favorite to lead the Atlantic 10 next season. Should Dunphy find another player to add beef and depth to the Eric-Randall tandem, we'll go Sharpie on that.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:39 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 5:11 pm

Two to tango: Moore, Fernandez sink Penn St.

Juan Fernandez celebrates his game-winner over Penn State

Posted by Eric Angevine

We all knew Ramone Moore could score. The Temple junior accepted the challenge of playing an extended game of H-O-R-S-E with Penn State's do-it-all senior Talor Battle, scoring 23 points on a variety of backdoor cuts and crafty moves to the hoop.

Battle, who averaged 20.1 points per game this season for the Nittany Lions, matched Moore's output perfectly, also dropping in 23, including a seeming game-winner from the parking lot with 11 seconds left in the game.

But it takes two to tango, and nobody knows that better than Argentina native Juan Fernandez. The real forbidden dance was created in Buenos Aires, after all. With the game on the line, the junior calmly dribbled down the court, moved inside the arc with a defender on his right hip, and stepped through to put up the buzzer-beater to move his Owls into the third round with a 66-64 final score.

With that bucket, Fernandez tied Moore and Battle for game-high honors, tallying a 22nd and 23rd point for himself. It was a somewhat surprising outburst for a player who had seen his scoring average drop to 10.7 points per game this season as he concentrated on distributing the ball more.

Battle, well-accustomed to doing most of the work himself for the Nittany Lions, had plenty of help as well. Tim Frazier and David Jackson went a combined 3-6 from deep to add 29 points for Penn State. PSU coach Ed DeChellis was forced to scramble in the second half when big man Jeff Brooks dislocated his shoulder on a block and was unable to return.

Temple advances to the first weekend for the first time under Fran Dunphy, and awaits the winner of the No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Northern Colorado matchup to be played today. Amusingly enough, the last time the Owls advanced, under John Chaney in 2001, they beat Penn State to advance to the Elite Eight.

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