Temple's Ramone Moore Not Testing Draft Waters, Planning to Stay in School Updated

Temple's Ramone Moore Not Testing Draft Waters, Planning to Stay in School Updated

Much in the fashion of Lavoy Allen after his junior season, Temple guard Ramone Moore will be filing paperwork today—Saturday—to declare for the NBA draft. Fortunately for the Owls, his eyes aren't exclusively on the pros just yet. Inquirer staff writer Keith Pompey is reporting that Moore is only making the move to increase his visibility for next season.

"I'm basically just testing the water just to see what the scouts think," said the 6-foot-4 shooting guard, who added that he will not hire an agent. "I'm trying to get in some workouts.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to school next year. This is just a good opportunity to show where I stand for next year."

Story updated after the jump...

Given Moore's impressive finish to the 2010-2011 campaign, a professional career is certainly not out of the question. Moore has the size, the talent and the knack for playing big in big moments. One more season at the helm of the Owls could/should/will hopefully make Ramone a viable candidate for the big stage next June.

According to Pompey in the link above, Moore is specifically looking for an invite to the New Jersey Nets' group workout on May 7-8, amongst other opportunities. All 30 NBA teams will send representatives to the Nets' exercise. He has until May 8th to remove his name from the draft and return to school for his senior year.

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Update: Owlscoop.com's John DiCarlo, also mentioned below, is now breaking via Twitter that Moore has changed his mind in the intervening hours since the story was first reported and will not be filing draft paperwork after all.

Keith Pompey, following up on his original story, writes that the decision was reached after a Saturday conference call his family members and mentor.

"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."

Dunphy would quickly quell any idea that he would be "mad" at Ramone for declaring, stating, "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." Such a sentiment is largely unsurprising given both Dunphy's usually even-keeled temperment and the encouragement he gave Lavoy Allen during the same process last season. Moreover, Ramone's, at least reported, concern over coming off as in any way "selfish" is just another testament to his solid character and Dunphy's own track record of recruiting high-caliber personalities of the sort.

With his intent to return to school regardless of any possible involvement in draft workouts already stated, the end result will obviously remain the same, with Ramone in the Cherry & White for one last year.

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Once that year is completed, coach Fran Dunphy will lose four of his five starters—Moore, Randall, Fernandez, Eric—to graduation.

As such, it's never too early for the program to start thinking about the future. Owlscoop.com editor John DiCarlo is reporting that Temple was recently so fortunate as to host Math, Sciences and Civics' sophomore Jeremiah Worthem for an unofficial visit.

The 6'6 swingman recently led his team to the PIAA Class A State Championship in a 70-55 win over Midland, PA's Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals. I had the opportunity to watch Worthem work out in the famed Conshohocken Donofrio Classic just a few weeks ago. The kid is every bit of 6'6 and a joy to watch play basketball. Still, his only potential Temple career is still a long way off and far from a certainty given the preponderance of other offers he is certain to receive.

In the meantime, Temple fans can look forward to a season led by an experienced, talented group of seniors, most notably, Ramone Moore.

Penn State uses dominant second half to top No. 6 Wisconsin for Big Ten title

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Penn State uses dominant second half to top No. 6 Wisconsin for Big Ten title

INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State’s offense rewrote the Big Ten Championship’s offensive record book Saturday night but its 38-31 victory over Wisconsin wasn’t secure until the final minute.

And Linebacker U. got the game-saving play from the secondary.

Wisconsin, armed with a pair of timeouts and lining up for a fourth-and-1 play from the Nittany Lions’ 24, called on Corey Clement. Clement, who’d already racked up 166 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, got the ball but never got close to the marker.

Grant Haley made sure of it.

The junior cornerback wrapped up Clement’s legs and safety Marcus Allen kept Clement from leaning forward and the game was over. Penn State (11-2) has the 2016 Big Ten title and, at worst, will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2009.

“They ran [a counter] early in the game and split it for a touchdown,” Haley said of the final play. “I saw them set the edge, so I got triggered really well and Marcus finished off the play.”

Haley and company watched the Badgers run wild in the first half; 164 yards and three touchdowns, including Clement’s 67-yard scamper. Wisconsin, one of the conference’s best rushing teams this season, managed less than half that total (77) in the second half.

“They really weren’t running that many plays,” Haley added. “We just came out in the second half and had a jolt. 

“We just had the energy going into the second half.”

Wisconsin got the ball twice in the fourth quarter but managed only 65 yards - 51 of which came on its final drive.

“Give credit to Penn State for coming out in the second half and making those adjustments and allowing those big plays to happen,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. 

Give plenty of credit, too, to the Nittany Lions’ offense. 

Quarterback Trace McSorley was named the game’s most valuable player after completing 17 of his 25 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns - both championship game records. He helped Penn State complete the biggest comeback in the game’s six year history after his team fell behind 28-7 in the first half and also finished the regular season with 3,360 yards and 25 touchdown passes, both school records.

Saeed Blacknall had six catches for a Big Ten Championship-record 155 yards and two touchdowns and DaeShean Hamilton finished with 118 yards on eight grabs.

Tailback Saquon Barkley, injured in last weekend’s victory over Michigan State, returned with 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground and caught an 18-yard scoring pass from McSorley early in the fourth quarter to put the Nittany Lions ahead for good.

Penn State, in its first-ever trip to this game, is coming home from it with just its second outright Big Ten title. It’s on a nine-game winning streak that has seen it average 40 points per contest.

It also could present the College Football Playoff selection committee with a bit of quandary. The Nittany Lions, who were ranked seventh by the committee last week, topped the No. 6 Badgers and claimed a conference championship, something likely playoff teams Alabama, Clemson and Washington all boast.

On the flip side, Penn State’s last defeat was a lopsided 49-10 loss at Michigan, which sits at No. 5 in the rankings and likely won’t move into the top four after losing last week to No. 2 Ohio State.

Penn State coach James Franklin stated his team’s case after Saturday night’s win, but also made it clear he and his team won’t be moping their way to Pasadena, Calif., where the conference champion is slotted if it is not chosen for the playoff.

“We’ve got great options in front of us,” he said. “I hear people on TV talking about they feel like maybe the playoff has taken away from the bowls. 

“Are you kidding me? The Rose Bowl? It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.”

Report: Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play vs. Bengals

Report: Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play vs. Bengals

Jordan Matthews will not play Sunday against the Bengals after missing practice all week with an ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Matthews is the Eagles' leading receiver with 57 catches for 686 yards and three touchdowns. The team has called him a game-time decision.

Second-year receiver Nelson Agholor will reportedly be inserted back into the lineup. If Matthews doesn't play the Eagles will have only four healthy receivers active on Sunday: Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and undrafted rookies Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner.