Shipp Says One School Has "Edge"

The 6-4 shooting guard from Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, <b>Josh Shipp</b>, is entertaining schools from the Pac-10 and the Big East on in-home visits. He gets a big offer and says one school has a "little bit of an edge"...

Josh Shipp, 6-4 SR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, is in the in-home visit mode these days.

Coaches from Oregon visited him at his home last Tuesday, followed by coaches from Boston College last Wednesday and Washington Thursday. UCLA visited Shipp this last Monday night, while Stanford is planned to visit September 30th.

On Monday, when UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland visited, he officially offered Shipp a scholarship.

"Yeah, they offered a scholarship," Shipp said. "They hadn't offered, so that was good to hear."

Shipp said that all of his five schools have now offered, except there is a contingency still with Stanford. "They've offered but it still depends on me improving my SAT verbal score," Shipp said.

Shipp will take his first official visit this weekend, to Oregon. He then will visit UCLA on September 26th, and Washington on October 10th. He said he is still in the process of arranging visits to Stanford and Boston College.

When asked if he thought he would get to all five visits, Shipp said, "I could probably commit after I take a couple of trips. I have to take a couple of trips. I probably won't take all of them, I'd like to, but I'm not sure."

Stanford presents an interesting potential scenario. Shipp said he intended to take the SAT again on October 11th, but now won't be able to because of his official visit to Washington that weekend and will take it in November. This means that he probably wouldn't get his score back in time before the November signing period, which runs between November 12th and 19th.

Shipp said he hadn't thought too much about that but wanted to commit in November.

When asked if he had a favorite school at this point, he said: "Everybody is pretty much the same right now. UCLA probably has a little bit of an edge since they're so close and my family could see me play. When UCLA was here Monday I thought about committing but I want to take some trips before I commit."

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