Florida guard Ray Shipman leaving program
As Florida prepared for the NCAA Tournament last week, Florida coach Billy Donovan talked about the increased role of sophomore forward/guard Ray Shipman and how he felt like Shipman might finally be turning a corner in his development.
Shipman won't be honing his game at Florida anymore.
He has requested, and been granted, his release from Florida and plans to transfer UF coach Billy Donovan announced today. Shipman will search for a school where he can have more playing time.
“I appreciate the opportunity that the University of Florida gave me,'' Shipman said. "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 averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 32 games this season. He also had 26 steals, and often provided a spark off the bench, particularly late in the season. For his career he averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 68 games with one start.
He was the 2010 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
“I have truly enjoyed coaching Ray the last two seasons,” Donovan said. “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.”