After NBA evaluations, Moore will remain an Owl

Calm down Temple fans.

Ramone Moore intends to remain an Owl.

The redshirt junior is filing paperwork Saturday to enter the NBA draft for the sole purpose of receiving NBA evaluations.

 “I’m basically just testing the water just to see what the scouts think,” said the 6-foot-4 shooting guard, who 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.”

The deadline to file paperwork with the NBA is Sunday. Since he won't hire an agent, the Southern High product can withdraw his name any time before May 8 without losing his NCAA eligibility. The NBA draft is June 23.

Moore averaged a team-leading 15.2 points to go with 4.2 rebounds this past season for the 26-8 Owls. He was a second-team all-Atlantic Ten conference selection in what was his first season as a full-time starter.

Moore is trying to get invited to next month’s New Jersey Nets’ group workout, among other opportunities to perform in front of NBA teams. Assuming he gets a first-round grade, the 21-year-old said that he would stay in the draft.

“I’m definitely going to leave that option open, but my plan is to come back to school,” he said.

-          Keith Pompey