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.

Brian Carroll's goal in 92nd minute gives Union draw with Rapids

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Brian Carroll's goal in 92nd minute gives Union draw with Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Brian Carroll tied it in 92nd minute and the Union escaped with a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in a showdown of the Western and Eastern conference leaders.

Carroll ran underneath Fabian Herbers' high-arching header and slotted the finish under goalkeeper Zac MacMath from close range.

The Union (5-3-5) responded only 5 minutes after the Rapids (8-2-4) opened the scoring on Sam Cronin's header in the 87th minute. Cronin made a deep run to connect with Marlon Hairston's cross from the right flank, redirecting it into the far corner of the goal.

Both Dillon Powers and Luis Solignac had shots crash off the crossbar for the Rapids after the 70th minute.

The Union extended their unbeaten streak to seven while the Rapids stayed unbeaten in their nine home games this season.

Chase Utley haunts Mets in Dodgers' rout at Citi Field

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Chase Utley haunts Mets in Dodgers' rout at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Chase Utley hit a grand slam and a solo homer after Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 mph fastball behind his back, and the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep a season-high five times in routing the New York Mets 9-1 on Saturday night.

In a scene that seemed inevitable since October, Syndergaard was immediately ejected following the third-inning pitch -- almost certainly his shot at retaliation against Utley for the late takeout slide that broke the right leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year's playoffs.

Plate umpire Adam Hamari tossed Syndergaard, sending Mets manager Terry Collins into a rage, but no trouble ensued between the teams. A longtime New York nemesis, Utley raised one hand slightly in the direction of the Dodgers' bench to keep teammates calm -- and later answered by doing all sorts of damage with his bat.

Kenta Maeda (4-3) shook off an early line drive that appeared to hit him in the pitching hand and threw five shutout innings for the win. The right-hander yielded two hits, both in the first, and snapped his three-game losing streak.

Adrian Gonzalez homered and had four hits for the Dodgers, who spoiled the Mets' 30th anniversary celebration of their 1986 World Series championship. Corey Seager and Howie Kendrick also connected, all after Syndergaard was gone.

Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares homered in the eighth for New York, long after the outcome was decided.

The stoic Utley is playing at Citi Field this weekend for the first time since Tejada was injured. The Mets -- and their fans -- were incensed by the aggressive slide, which led to a change in baseball rules this season designed to protect infielders in what some call the Utley Rule.

But the Mets had not tried to retaliate until Saturday night.

With one out and nobody on in the third inning of a scoreless game, Syndergaard's first pitch to Utley sailed behind the second baseman's back by a considerable margin.

Hamari immediately ejected Syndergaard, prompting Collins to come storming out of the dugout. Collins also was ejected after screaming at Hamari and pointing in his face during an animated argument. The manager was finally escorted back toward the New York dugout by another umpire.

After waiting near the mound with teammates for some time, Syndergaard walked calmly to the Mets' dugout without showing any emotion as the crowd cheered him.

Logan Verrett (3-2) entered for the Mets and, with a vocal contingent in the sellout crowd of 42,227 urging him to hit Utley with a pitch, eventually threw a called third strike past him. But then Utley homered on Verrett's first pitch of the sixth to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Booed all night, Utley added his sixth career slam off Hansel Robles in the seventh, giving Los Angeles a 6-0 cushion with his 38th career homer against the Mets.

In the series opener Friday night, Utley was greeted with loud jeers and derisive chants. He had four RBIs in a 6-5 loss, including a three-run double that tied the score with two outs in the ninth.

Where are you now?
Tejada was released by the Mets during spring training and signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, who designated him for assignment Saturday.

Trainer's room
Dodgers: RF Trayce Thompson exited in the fifth with lower back soreness. He was replaced by Yasiel Puig, who hit an RBI single off Verrett in the sixth.

Mets: INF Wilmer Flores (hamstring) went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in his fifth rehab game for Double-A Binghamton. Before the game, Collins said it was reasonable to think Flores could come off the disabled list Sunday.

Up next
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday night against 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44). Kershaw, coming off a two-hit shutout against Cincinnati, is 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 10 starts against the Mets. He is 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA in May -- including a three-hit shutout of New York on May 12 at Dodger Stadium. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has struck out 55 and walked two this month.

Soul drop 1st road game of season to Gladiators

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Soul drop 1st road game of season to Gladiators

The Soul fell on the road to the Cleveland Gladiators, 63-49, at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

The loss was just the second of the season and the first away from the Wells Fargo Center for the Soul. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 25 of 44 passes for 342 yards and seven touchdownsi in a losing effort.

The Gladiators were led by receiver Quentin Sims, who finished with 10 receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and signal caller Arvell Nelson who completed 22 of 36 passes for 307 yards and seven touchdowns.

Next week, the Soul travel to Jacksonville to take on the Sharks on Saturday, June 4. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports and 97.5 The Fanatic.  Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.