Owls' Moore changes mind, will not enter NBA draft

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Owls' Moore changes mind, will not enter NBA draft

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Posted: 5:48 p.m.

By Ryan Feldman
CSNPhilly.com Contributor

Its amazing how so much can change in just a matter of hours.

Temple fans can breathe easy. Ramone Moore has changed his mind and will not be filling out paperwork to enter the NBA draft.

Moore confirmed via text message that he would not be entering the NBA draft.

I care a lot for Temples basketball program, my teammates, and especially the fans, Moore said. I want to leave a legacy before I move on to the next stage of my career, and the best way I know how to do that is by staying another year and helping to bring the A-10 title home where it belongs.

Moore decided yesterday that he would declare for the NBA draft. He wanted to test the waters, go through an NBA workout and get feedback from NBA teams. He wasnt going to sign with an agent, but he wasnt ruling it out.

As late as early this morning, Moore was quoted as saying he was planning on declaring for the draft today. A Temple spokesperson confirmed the report this morning as well.

But something or someone changed his mind between then and now, and he ultimately decided to return to Temple for his senior year.

I talked to him last night and he said he was going to declare, said a source close to Moore. I talked to him this morning and he had a change of heart.

The source spoke with Moore after he changed his mind and opted not to enter the draft.

He said, Its all behind me, the source said. He said hes going to just focus on next year.

If Moore had declared for the draft, he was hoping to be invited to the May 7-8 group workout for underclassmen hosted by the New Jersey Nets, which is expected to include scouts from all 30 NBA teams.

The guy I talked to (from the New Jersey Nets) said there was an 80 percent chance he would get invited if he declared, the source said, but I guess that wasnt enough.

Its a normal occurrence for juniors that have a chance to make the NBA to declare for the draft and at least test the waters. There is no harm in juniors going through an NBA workout or two and getting some feedback before returning to school.

The source added that Moore decided to return to school for one last shot at unfinished business, and that he hopes to attend a few camps this summer to improve his NBA draft stock and measure himself against top competition.

The deadline to declare for the NBA draft is Sunday, but the source said its doubtful Moore will change his mind again. Once underclassmen declare for the draft, they have until May 8 to withdraw.

Moore, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard, averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season as a redshirt junior. He shot 44.7 percent from the field and 38.3 percent on three-point attempts.

With Moore set to return for the Owls, they lose only one significant player in senior Lavoy Allen. The only other senior is Dutch Gaitley, who played sparingly.

The Owls, which reached the third round of the NCAA tournament this season, are expected to be ranked in the Top 25 going into next season. Their starting lineup will likely include Moore, Juan Fernandez, Micheal Eric, Scootie Randall and either Khalif Wyatt or Rahlir Jefferson.

Ryan Feldman covers college basketball and the NBA Draft for his website, TheHoopsReport.com. He can be reached at rfeldman@thehoopsreport.com.

Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president

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Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University's board of regents said Thursday that it will fire football coach Art Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr amid questions over the school's handling of sexual assault complaints against players.

The nation's largest Baptist university said in a statement Thursday that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor.

The university also placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation.

Baylor asked a law firm last year to conduct a review of its handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the football program mishandled several cases of players attacking women.

The university's statement said the review revealed "a fundamental failure."

Baylor has faced increasing criticism in recent months for its handling of reports of rape and other violent incidents involving football players and students. One victim has sued the university, saying it was deliberately indifferent to her allegations against a former player who was eventually convicted of sexually assaulting her.

Starr ordered an investigation last year but has been mostly silent amid mounting criticism over the school's handling of the complaints, which erupted under his leadership. He took over as the university's president in 2010, about a decade after the former prosecutor investigated former President Clinton's sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewisnky.

The football team, whose players were at the center of the upheaval, enjoyed unprecedented success under Briles' tenure, including two Big 12 championships in the last three years. That success brought a financial windfall, and in 2014, Baylor opened a new, $250-million on-campus football stadium. But Briles' program has also been criticized for recruiting or accepting transfer players without regard to the harm they might cause fellow students.

Starr rode the waves of the program's success, and often ran on the football field with Baylor students in pregame ceremonies. But as investigations began into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against players, Starr provided only brief comments, even as criticism of the school mounted.

In a February statement issued by university, Starr said "our hearts break for those whose lives are impacted by execrable acts of sexual violence." And at a prayer breakfast last month, Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."

Baylor's Board of Regents was recently briefed by a law firm hired to investigate how the school responded to assault incidents, and the school on Thursday released a summary of its findings. Starr initiated the review in 2015, after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a female soccer player.

Ukwuachu, who was convicted in 2015, transferred to Baylor after he was dismissed from Boise State. Ukwuachu's former girlfriend testified during his rape trial in Texas that he had struck and choked her when he attended Boise State.

Ukwuachu's former coach, Chris Peterson, now the coach at Washington, said he "thoroughly apprised" Briles about the circumstances of Ukuwachu's dismissal. Briles disputed that account, saying he talked with Peterson and there was no mention of the incident.

The school is also facing a federal lawsuit from a former student claiming the school was "deliberately indifferent" to rape allegations levied at a former football player Tevin Elliott, who was convicted in 2014 of sexually assaulting the woman.

The uproar following Ukwuachu's conviction caused Baylor to initiate the review by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, and to announce a $5 million effort to improve efforts on how it responds to sexual assault, including adding another investigator and more staff.

But the Ukwuachu case was just the start of months of revelations of football players being involved in violent incidents with little or no repercussions. At least seven other woman have publicly come forward to say the school ignored their sexual assault allegations.

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Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova

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Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova

Josh Hart said the decision wasn’t easy.

But he’s happy with it.

After withdrawing his name from the NBA draft to return to school (see story), Hart is excited to focus on Villanova, graduation and then the NBA dream.

“I love the school, I love the teachers, the student body, the support, my teammates that we have coming back,” the 6-foot-5 guard said Wednesday on Comcast SportsNet’s Philly Sports Talk. “So it was a tough one and I just thought at the end of the day, I think going back for my senior year would be in the best interest of my parents and myself.”

As a junior, Hart helped Villanova win its second national championship in program history by leading the Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.

Hart received plenty of feedback from NBA teams. He said shooting and ball handling are what he hopes to improve.

As far as his draft stock …

“There were teams interested maybe in the first [round], and then there were teams that said they would take me in the second,” Hart said. “But there’s a whole month before the draft, a lot of teams didn’t know exactly what they were doing with their picks — whether they were trying to trade up for a pick, trying to trade down, trying to trade a pick for a player. Several teams said that they would take me.”

For more from Hart on the draft and Villanova, watch the video above.

Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

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Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

Delaware has its new head basketball coach in Martin Ingelsby.

Ingelsby, a native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, comes from Notre Dame, where he played from 1997-2001 and coached for 13 seasons, seven as an assistant.

Ingelsby played his high school ball at Archbishop Carroll and is the son of Tom Ingelsby, who played for Villanova from 1970-73.

Delaware is coming off a 7-23 season and 2-16 mark in CAA play, which led to the firing of head coach Monte Ross.

The Blue Hens, who announced the hire Tuesday, will formally introduce Ingelsby in a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bob Carpenter Center Auditorium.