Former Boca Ciega standout Dallas Moore declares for NBA draft
North Florida's Dallas Moore, a former standout at Boca Ciega, announced Thursday he has declared for the NBA draft.
Moore, a junior who became th Ospreys' all-time leading scorer this season, will not hire an agent in order to keep his amateur status. He said North Florida coach Matthew Driscoll will handle everything throughout the draft process.
Moore cited his coach and his family among the biggest factors in his decision.
"I thought it was in my best interest," he said.
By declaring for the draft. Moore can start attending NBA workouts and compete in the draft combine March 10-15 in Chicago if he is invited. He has until May 25 to withdraw from the draft and return for his senior season at North Florida.
"Dallas has developed a very impressive resume in his three seasons with our program," Driscoll told unfosperys.com. "His on-court accomplishments and our team success combined with the high level opponents we play against in our non-conference schedule has provided him an opportunity to see how NBA teams view his talents. With the new NCAA rules, not signing with an agent gives hm the flexibility to return to UNF for his senior season."
This season, Moore was the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and was an Associated Press honorable mention selection after leading the conference in scoring (19.8 points per game) and assists (six per game). Besides setting the school record for career points (1,625), Moore also set the school single-sason record with 672 points while leading the Ospreys to their second straight regular season conference title and a berth in the NIT.
Last year, he led North Florida to the Atlantic Sun tournament title and the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament.
"I've been preparing and working out a lot the last two weeks," Moore said. "I've been getting my conditioning up and just working on weaknesses and shooting. I'm more eager than anything else. It's a great experience, and I'm just soaking it all in and enjoying the process."