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Florida Gators Ray Shipman transferring. Is the Ivy League in his future?


GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida guard Ray Shipman is transferring.

Ray Shipman Sr. said on Wednesday that his son is leaving Florida because coach Billy Donovan pigeon-holed him as a defensive stopper early in his career and never allowed Shipman to develop his confidence. Shipman, a former recipient of the Florida Mr. Basketball award, has been a reserve for two years. He averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game as a sophomore. He finished his career at UF with over 50 steals.

Shipman is the fifth player to leave the program in the past two years. The list includes Jonathan Mitchell (Rutgers), Jai Lucas (Texas), Eloy Vargas (Miami Dade College) and Allan Chaney (Virginia Tech).

UF returns all five of its starters next season but Florida now only has three guards: Kenny Boynton Jr., Erving Walker and Nimrod Tishman. Tishman, a freshman from Tel Aviv, hardly ever played last season.

Shipman was named the Southeastern Conference scholar athlete of the year this season. His father said on Wednesday that his son hasn't decided on another school but might be considering one in the Ivy League.



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