Ramone Moore changes his mind on draft

Temple leading scorer Ramone Moore has decided not to enter the NBA draft after a change of heart, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A day after the 6-foot-4 guard junior guard told the paper he would declare for the draft, he thought better of the decision, according to the report.

"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."

Moore's return is great news for Dunphy and Temple coming off a 26-win season that ended with the Owls taking San Diego State to double-overtime in the NCAA tournament. Along with Moore, they return double-digit scorers Juan Fernandez, Scootie Randall and Khalif Wyatt. They should get 6-foot-11 Micheal Eric back in the lineup after he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a practice in February.

Temple also should be very interested in an upcoming draft decision, with Xavier leading scorer Tu Holloway undecided on whether to remain or withdraw from the draft and return to play for the defending A-10 regular season champs.