GAINESVILLE — Florida sophomore guard Ray Shipman is out. So apparently is top recruit Brandon Knight.
Shipman announced Wednesday that he is transferring to seek more playing time. His departure leaves the Gators even more shorthanded in the backcourt. Coach Billy Donovan has starters Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker returning and only one other guard on scholarship.
Making matters worse, according to several recruiting services, the Gators are out of the running for Knight, the Gatorade national player of the year and Florida's Mr. Basketball out of Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest. Knight appears to be headed to Kentucky, Scout.com reported.
Shipman, the SEC scholar-athlete of the year this season, averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 32 games this season. He's the eighth player in the past two years to leave early (five transfers, two turned pro, one asked for release before arriving at UF).
In other news, Donovan reportedly turned down an opportunity to coach at St. John's in his native New York. The New York Daily News reported that he turned down more than $3 million to take the job. UF officials denied the report.
FORDHAM: Tom Pecora, who led Hofstra for nine seasons, has agreed to become coach, the Associated Press reported.
KANSAS: The university plans an independent review of the athletics department's ticket office and its fundraising entity, the Williams Educational Fund. The announcement followed a report by the Kansas City Star saying federal investigators are looking into possible illegal ticket sales.
OKLAHOMA: Guards Tommy Mason-Griffin, a freshman, and Ray Willis, a sophomore, won't return next season.