JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Good news for the University of North Florida men's basketball team and bad news for the rest of the Atlantic Sun Conference - Reigning A-Sun Player of the Year, Dallas Moore, has opted to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft list and return to the Ospreys for his senior season.
Back in April, Moore chose to enter his name into the NBA Draft list, taking advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows underclassmen to subject themselves to the NCAA's process for professional evaluation. This process does not affect the player's amateur status as long as they refrain from hiring an agent. Underclassmen have until Wednesday to withdraw their names from the list and return for their senior season.
In a statement released by the team's website, UNF head coach Matthew Driscoll called the feedback that Moore received from the evaluation process "priceless," and that it "gives Dallas a clear and precise picture of the areas he need to improve." He also said that the "opportunity was exactly what [they] hoped for and the NCAA did a great job changing the rules to allow this to occur."
Moore's return completely revamps the outlook for the Ospreys in 2016. Moore helped lead the Ospreys to back-to-back postseason appearances the past two seasons and his return puts the Ospreys in a much better position to earn a third.
In 2015, Moore led the conference in scoring (19.8 ppg) and assists (6.0 apg) en route to an AP All-America Honorable Mention honor, as well as the above mentioned A-Sun POY award.
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