College Basketball Nation: Ray Shipman

Ray Shipman switching to football

June, 15, 2010
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Ray Shipman, who was the state of Florida's Mr. Basketball in 2008 and is now transferring out of Billy Donovan's program, has decided on starting a new football career as a safety at Central Florida.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Shipman hasn't played football since his freshman year in high school at a time when his basketball ability began to take off.

But after averaging 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game, this season, Shipman decided to leave the Gators' program.

Soon it became clear to Shipman that he might as well leave the sport, according to the Orlando Sentinel:
After he announced his decision to leave Florida, Shipman started talking with basketball coaches at a few other high-profile schools.

"It was in my head that I wanted to play football, and then my dad told me I needed to pick a school,"

Shipman said. "… My dad didn't like the recruiting process, and I didn't feel good about it. Things weren't flowing and everything wasn't feeling right with basketball.

Shipman will have to sit out a season due to transfer rules, but after that, he can start to find out if the skills that made him a top defender on the court for Florida can translate over to the football field.

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