April 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES - One day after guard Darren Collison announced that he will return for his senior year at UCLA, junior guard/forward Josh Shipp announced today that he has declared for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent at this time in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
"After speaking with my family and with Coach (Ben) Howland, I think I should test the NBA waters to get some feedback," Shipp said. "I feel like it really can't hurt me at this time. I want to go through the process this year, which will serve as a positive experience for me in my future development."
Shipp averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2007-08 and was named as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection. He ranked 19th in the league in scoring and ninth in steals per game (1.3 spg). He also led the Bruins in three-point field goals made (70).
"My experience at UCLA has been amazing," Shipp added. "It has been great being a part of so many winning teams. But at the same time, I'm at the later stages of my college career and I think it would be an advantage for me to test this year."
Shipp set a UCLA record during the 2007-08 campaign, starting in 39 games, breaking the mark of 38 set by Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the 2005-06 season. Shipp is currently in 32nd place on the career scoring list with 1,254 points. He also ranks fifth on the career charts with 143 three-point field goals made.