Josh Shipp Has Successful Right Hip Surgery

Sept. 28, 2005

UCLA sophomore Josh Shipp, one of the Bruins' four returning starters from last season's NCAA Tournament team, on Wednesday had a successful outpatient arthroscopic right hip procedure performed by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys.

According to Dr. Guanche, the procedure repaired a torn labrum (cartilage) and also included a debridement of the femoral neck (bone spur removal). Guanche also said that there was no arthritis or degenerative condition in Shipp's right hip. Guanche said rehabilitation should take 8-12 weeks (Shipp will spend the first month on crutches).

Dr. Guanche is a family physician to the Shipp family. Approximately a year ago, he performed a successful arthroscopy hip procedure (unrelated to Josh's injury) on Joe Shipp, Josh's older brother, who played at California and was the Pac-10 leading scorer in 2003 (20.4).

"I'm very pleased that the outcome was a successful one and we're looking forward to having Josh back as soon as he is completely healed," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "His rehabilitation will hopefully begin on Monday and we will proceed with caution and be patient with his recovery."

Shipp, a 6-5, 205-pound forward who in 2004 was a prep All-American at Fairfax HS in Los Angeles, in 2005 as a Bruin was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman selection. He appeared in all 29 games and started 23 of the final 24 contests. Shipp averaged 27.9 minutes, 9.3 points (No. 4 on the team), 5.2 rebounds (No. 2/No. 10 on the all-time Bruin freshman chart), 1.83 assists (No. 4) and 1.21 steals (No. 3). His rebound average was the highest of any freshman in the Pac-10. Shipp last season had two double-doubles (15 points/12 rebounds vs. Pepperdine on Dec. 11; 13 points/11 rebounds vs. Oregon State on March 10); scored in double figures in 12 of the last 25 games; led UCLA in rebounding six times, in scoring twice and in steals on 11 occasions. His season-highs were 20 points, twice (vs. Washington on Feb. 5 and Oregon on March 5); 12 rebounds vs. Pepperdine; five assists vs. Texas Tech on March 17 and four steals vs. California on Feb. 17.

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