Hoopster Ray Shipman is transferring from Florida after just two years on campus, but before he goes, he has a message for his fellow students: Owning a letterman's jacket is basically a license to tap ass.

And Shipman isn't even one of the good ones! The former Mr. Basketball in the Sunshine State, averaged just 12 minutes a game for the Gators and is transferring to another program to get more playing time. Which is kinda of remarkable when you consider how much action the Gainesville co-eds have been throwing his way since he arrived. He recently gave a rather lengthy treatise on the subject to the school newspaper and while I wouldn't call the revelations surprising, they are definitely candid.

Some of the highlights of the lecture:

ā€¢ "You watch movies, and girls are throwing themselves at you. It's like that, but not to that extent." So it's not like "He Got Game." Except it basically is.

ā€¢ Shipman gets more than 60 female friend requests a day on Facebook. "If they fit the part, I would send them a message and see where that goes."


ā€¢ He would keep 5-to-10 girls on the hook at time and pass off the others to teammates.

ā€¢ "A lot of the older players show you around. If my teammate is with a girl and it's not really serious, they end up switching to me," he said. "And now that I'm older, I introduce them to the new players. Some teammates of mine, some other athletes, they don't really care [that girls hook up with other players]. That's not my type. That's nasty. But some freshman [players], they'll hop right on it."

ā€¢ Always wear condoms, kids!

ā€¢ "Some girls don't even care what you do, as along as you're an athlete. They don't care how many points you score."


ā€¢ But if they aren't careful, they become, uh ... well known.... "Girls get reps," he said. "Sometimes I feel sorry for girls because they don't know it."

ā€¢ "The Caucasian girls tend to notice the basketball players more," he said. "The African-American girls don't really know if you score or not," Shipman said. "They go on the basis of ā€˜He's an athlete. He's attractive.' But then the better you get, they start noticing. It's a big difference."

ā€¢ Shipman's car has been vandalized four times since he came to UF, presumably by spurred conquests.


ā€¢ "That's been a really hard thing for me. You can tell when she is trying to get to that next step," he said. "Usually I try not to get too attached. You've got to let the girl know that it's not serious, that you don't want to be tied down. They usually catch on."

ā€¢ Shipman finally did get attached to one girl, who he's serious about now. He's grown a lot since becoming a sophomore.

So I guess the shocking truth can finally be revealedā€”ladies love athletes. Sorry you had to find out like this, Chess Club.


Athletes play by own rules in dating game [The Independent Florida Alligator]