USU junior forward Jalen Moore declares for NBA Draft

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Jalen Moore announced on Friday that he will declare as an underclassman for eligibility in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft process.

Moore, a 6-9 junior wing, has led the Aggies in both scoring and rebounding in back-to-back seasons, averaging 15.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore and 15.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior. The performances led to a pair of all-Mountain West honors, earning second-team accolades as a sophomore and third-team honors this past season.

Moore was among the leaders in the Mountain West in both field goal percentage and minutes played this season. Moore finished eighth in field goal percentage, shooting 43.9 percent (170-of-387) and fourth in minutes played, averaging 35.2 per game.

“It is always a lifelong goal of somebody who has played basketball as a kid to want to play in the NBA, it’s everyone’s dream,” Moore said. “I have been working at it my whole life and I feel like this summer I have a decent shot.

“With the new rule, if it doesn’t work out then I can pull out and attend my senior year at Utah State,” he continued. “This process will really help me get my name out there and will help people get to know me and get my game out there. It will be a great experience for me and will expand my game and help me to get better and will help the team if I end up returning.”

Moore will not hire an agent, meaning he can withdraw from the draft by May 25 and retain his intercollegiate eligibility. If Moore returns, he will be one of three returning starters from the 2015-16 squad and will likely finish among the top-10 scorers in program history.

“We are supportive of Jalen exploring his options at the next level,” head coach Tim Duryea said. “We will use our NBA contacts to try and help him gather information regarding his draft status. Our goal is to help all of our players succeed at every level.”

The first time underclassmen can have contact with NBA teams will be at the NBA Draft Combine, May 11-15, in Chicago, Ill. After that date, underclassmen can work out for teams at their own expense in order to maintain their collegiate eligibility.

The timeline for early-entry into the NBA Draft is as follows: April 24 – NBA early entry eligibility deadline; May 11-15 – NBA Draft combine in Chicago, Ill.; May 25 – Deadline for underclassmen to remove entry to maintain intercollegiate eligibility; June 23 – NBA Draft.

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