Now that Lavoy Allen is a 76er, who’ll be the next Temple player with a shot to make an NBA roster?
Juan Fernandez was the first person that came to my mind. However, something keeps telling me it will be Ramone Moore.
You can’t discount Moore's drive, desire and his improvement as an Owl.
Months ago, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard considered entering his name in last week’s NBA draft. The plan was to work out for teams then withdraw his name before the deadline. He, however, opted against the draft all together.
Instead, the rising fifth-year senior began preparing for the 2012 NBA draft in April.
He recently returned from a rigorous training session in Las Vegas. Moore, Villanova point guard Maalik Wayns and Miami guard Durand Scott were the only participants that are returning to college next season.
Serious about improving, Moore is scheduled to return to Las Vegas this summer for more workouts. The Southern High product will also head to Houston to train with Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry and other NBA players. Lowry, a former Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova star, is the boyfriend of Moore’s sister.
“I’m just staying consistent, being in the gym every day, working on my stamina, getting stronger and picking my spots on the floor,” said Moore, who averaged a team-leading 15.2 points to go with 4.2 rebounds this past season for the 26-8 Owls.
While in Las Vegas, Moore worked exclusively at point guard, a position he knows he'll have to play on the next level. And looking to add bulk to his 200-pound frame, Moore ate chicken and rice three times a day.
“Yeah, you have to eat healthy down there,” he said. “No bad eating habits. They have you eating good. They have you lifting good and staying in shape.
“Everything was 24-7 basketball. You just eat, sleep and play basketball.”
This isn’t the first summer the second-team all-Atlantic Ten selection spent improving his game.
Last summer’s workouts in Houston with Lowry helped Moore improve his biggest weakness of the 2009-2010 season: Three-point shooting.
He shot just 12.5 percent from three-point land, while averaging 7.6 points as a sophomore. Last season, Moore shot 38.3 percent from long distance, which ranked second on the team behind Khalif Wyatt (42.1).
This summer, he’s learning how to become a better floor general.
“It was just training,” Moore said of Las Vegas. “It was training all day.
“It was good for me to go down there and play against those guys and get the experience. It’s just something that you need for the next level.”
His determination combined with improvement should lead him to the league.
But there are still some that believe he doesn't have what it takes.
I'll ask those people to think back to his games against Georgetown and San Diego State.
Moore was the best player on the floor against the Hoyas, scoring a career-high 30 points in the Owls' 68-65 upset victory.
Then he toyed with Kawhi Leonard in the third-round of the NCAA tournament. Moore finished with 17 points on 7 for 12 shooting in the 71-64 double-overtime setback.
Leonard, a 6-7 swingman, was drafted with the 15th pick of last week's draft by the Indiana Pacers. He was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs.
Two games do not make a pro. But hard work does. And a hard worker is one way to describe Moore.
- Keith Pompey