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Eddie Jones, Guy Rodgers, Aaron McKie: these are only few names among the players whom attended Temple University and then played in the NBA. The next one could be Ramone Moore. He was born in Philadelphia on; he went to South Philadelphia High School, where in his senior year he won the MVP award with 25.1 point-per-game. He took into consideration University of Nebraska, but he decided to go to Temple in order to stay in his hometown. As a freshman, he played well ever since his first matches, but he was suspended for the whole season owing to off-court problems. As a sophomore, he played a good season and he was named 6th Man of the Year in Atlantic 10 Conference. As a junior, he further improved leading his team in scoring; he was also named in the second All-Atlantic 10 Team. In the 2011/2012 season he stand out greatly, being the leader of the Owls with 17.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.5apg. Moore is a guard who can score in different ways: he has a good shot, great ball-handling and he can score on his own or pass the ball for an assist. He has an high basketball I.Q. and due to this quality he can pick the right choice almost in every situation. He has long arms and so he can be a tough defensive opponent because he can contest the shot or make changes in shooting path . He is also fast and he goes easily beyond the screens to stay with his opponent. He has to improve his jump shot; maybe he isn’t a physical player, but he can hide that with his smartness. He was underrated in the past years, despite of his stats, but finally in his senior year he is being considered as one of the best NCAA guards. He has a good work ethic and his will to improve could make him achieve success. He could be a good player in an average NBA team and a phenomenal player in Europe.
Our staff wrote him in order to know something more about him and his future.
What does basketball mean in your life? What are your aims in this game and, more generally, in your life?
It means a lot. I've been able to experience great memories and been places I couldn't imagine, all because of basketball. My aims at the end of the day is to be the best player possible and be able to take care of my family as well.
How was your senior year at Temple. Describe your University experience: is there anything in particular that you will miss?
My senior year was great although we didn't achieve our goals at the end of the season. I will miss my teammates the most because they are like my brothers, but all good things must come to an end eventually.
What were your goals at the start of the season? Did you achieve your goals? Are you disappointed by the team’s early exit in the NCAA Tournament?
My goals coming into the season was to lead my team and win the A10 regular season, which we did. Then to win the A10 tournament as well as the outright Big 5 title. We came up short, but through it all I wouldn't turn back this season despite losing in the NCAA tournament. I'm very disappointed in our early exit and felt like I let my team down.
You led the Owls to the NCAA tournament as the No. 5 seed, but you struggled against South Florida in opening game. How hard is to face tough Bulls defense?
Very difficult, I think they buy into it on the defensive end and take it personal whenever the opposing team scores. I have much respect for USF. They deserved to beat us. We didn't play well at all.
Which part of the game you should improve most to be an NBA player? What do you think could be your upsides in the NBA?
I want to become more of a point guard at the next level, hopefully I can make it to the NBA. If not, I'll take my talents elsewhere and work hard as possible to be the best player I can be.
What are your expectations for the future?
My expectations are to play professionally the next twelve/fifteen years and make as much money as possible in order to be able to take care of my family.
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Name: Ramone Moore Jr.
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
High school: South Philadelphia High School
High school stats: 25ppg
Favorite pro basketball player: Lebron James
Favorite pro basketball team: Philadelphia 76ers
Best basketball moment: Winning in the 2011 NCAA tournament against Penn State
Role model: Kyle Lowry
The whole NBA editorial staff of basketinside.com really want to thank both Ramone Moore and the press office of Temple.
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