Shipman Announces Transfer Plans

Sophomore wing man Ray Shipman has asked for and gotten his release from Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan. The University of Florida made the announcement Wednesday that Shipman intends to change schools. Here is that release.

Sophomore guard/forward Ray Shipman has requested his release from the University of Florida, and will transfer head coach Billy Donovan announced Wednesday.

"I have truly enjoyed coaching Ray the last two seasons," said Donovan. "He's an outstanding person and a great student. I want to wish Ray the best of luck as he pursues the things that are important to him as a player and as a student."

Shipman, the 2010 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 32 games this season. Known for solid defense, he posted 26 steals on the year. For his career he averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 68 games with one start.

"I appreciate the opportunity that the University of Florida gave me," said Shipman. "I want to thank Coach Donovan, the staff, and my teammates for the last two years and I wish the University of Florida the best in the future moving forward. I'm looking forward to making a decision to go somewhere with an opportunity for a bigger role."

Shipman's playing time was limited in large part because of his poor outside shooting. In two years with the Gators he made just 6-of 38 three point shots. This year his two-point shooting regressed from .571 as a freshman to .525. His best stretch of games came early in the season when he scored 29 points in a four game stretch that included ten against Michigan State and nine in the win over FSU.


It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. Remember a year ago Florida announced the transfer of Alex Tyus and we all know what happened eventually. Shipman's frustration is understandable in some ways. He scored nine points in the first half at Kentucky yet played only one minutes afterwards. He played well in the SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State but not so against BYU in the NCAA Tournament.


Florida is now losing two players from the 2009-10 team. Dan Werner and Ray Shipman combined to play about 40 minutes a game. The two produced about 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Werner and Shipman combined to shot .367 from the field and .242 from the three point line.

It's pretty safe to assume that Patric Young, Kenny Kadji and Casey Prather can combine to replace that level of productivity. Florida has been considering signing one or two additional players for next season, and Shipman's departure pretty much assures there will be at least one addition to the 2010-11 roster. One has to be a guard that can reduce the work load of Erving Walker and, perhaps Kenny Boynton.

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