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Friday, August 17, 2007

Rumors of transfer - Mike Shipman

Well, according to reliable sources, not to mention some bloggers and e-mailers, MU junior point guard Mike Shipman apparently plans to transfer to Wilmington College, an NCAA Division 2 school in New Castle, Del.
This is not official. Monmouth coach Dave Calloway has issued a "no comment." And unless and or if it becomes official, neither school will comment.

won't comment on a player who is not there yet, that's common NCAA policy, no doubt some sort of NCAA rules violation if it did).

Appearing in 30 games over two seasons Shipman averaged 5.5 points and five assists per game.
If the rumors are valid 2006-2007 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year Jhamar Youngblood and junior guard Whitney Coleman will be the only remaining players who saw major action for last season's 12-18 team.
Also, if Mike leaves, it would open a scholarship for 2008-2009 at Monmouth which currently has none available until 2009-2010.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is gone why all the BS .... Call the kid like a good reporter would do...

11:31 AM, August 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: BS. Thank you for that journalistic helpful hint.

I have discussed this with my boss. For now, we will deal with it when it becomes official.

Players leave programs all the time.

As`far as I'm concerned Mike is a nice kid and an OK player, but my guess is this will probably not be the biggest story in the Press that day.

1:54 PM, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad Tony, Mike was a good kid ,I wish him the best of luck at his new school and team. Any more players thinking about transfering before school starts? "Rumors" come true from time to time....The GYM RAT has a good track record on your blog.

4:08 PM, August 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I guess Mike will be happy to know he "was" a good kid. Latest I heard he was still alive!!

Anyway .. haven't heard about anyone else possibly leaving..I'm sure bloggers would keep me posted...

Everyone needs to realize - rumors are ..well..rumors...and - I would say at the very least - half of the time they do not pan out..

Thus, most of the time, I'm not going to run what I would deem serious rumors on here without first checking them out for some validity, and then going from there and handling them in a professional manner - if possible.

But if Gym Rat has any lottery tips I'm all ears...

5:57 PM, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If Shipman is transferring, why wouldn't his scholarship free up this year? If it did, could MU then go after Quaran (excuse the spelling) Calhoun, who, when last we heard, was looking for a new home?

7:24 PM, August 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Not sure of Calhoun's status or if he would seriously consider MU. Have not heard his name mentioned at MU.

Either way, if MU gets that scholarship back, not too many (any?) players left at this stage who would be eligible to play right away.

Calhoun or any D1 transfer would have to sit out a year anyway.

8:24 PM, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree -- the pcikings are slim to none at this point and I would only use any free scholarship if a Calhoun became available (even with the 1 yr sit-out). If not, MU desparately could use the scholarship for next year -- since they currently have none.

If Shipman does indeed leave it sets up an interesting situation at point guard. Does Hett move right in as the starter, or does someone else get it ahead of him. Not too many pure point-types on the roster.

I'm also wondering about just why Shipman might leave. Why would a guy with 2 yrs D1 experience pack it in? Was he getting subtle hints from someone that his time would be cut back, or does he just want to move?

6:41 AM, August 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon: all good points. If Shipman leaves the only pure point on the team will be Hett, who has yet to don a uniform. But I think MU will throw Hett into the fire much as they did Azzarelli as a freshman, the main difference there being Tyler had much more experience (Blake, Dwayne, Owens, Krayl) surrounding him.

Also, Jhamar can also slide over to the point though, as we know, he and MU would prob rather not for extended periods of time.

Actually - Coleman may even be a a little more suited to it than Jhamar, now that `Whitney is starting his third year in the offense.

As for why Shipman may leave - I will hope to get in touch with him if he does - I think the reasons would be a combination of all that you mention.

10:37 AM, August 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would just be another Calznonetti recruiting bust... Just throwing that out there.

2:17 PM, August 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Well....the head coach is always responsible (as far as I know at MU and most places) for ultimately making recruiting and most all other team personnel decisions.

I know the staff loved Ship coming out of high school (for what it's worth I thought he would be fine)

In their tenure they (this staff) have also recruited some players that have worked out very well.

Specifically re: Calzonetti - he recruited Gerry Crosby (among others).

But that's in the past.

Now, in going forward, with the departure of the '07 seniors, they (the staff) have to be judged most recently on the players they have signed going into last year ..and .no question... so far things have not gone well or borne much fruit....

That's why this incoming class.. Hett, DelTufo, Barbour, Rutledge - though it may not show itself right away - away is key.

And the jury is still out on last year's newcomers - including Dutch, Adam, Rickie, and Simpson.
MU needs - I think - at least two from that group to make some sort of positive impact this season...or a lot of pressure falls on the incoming freshmen.

5:08 PM, August 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Also...someone needs to get credit for bringing in Youngblood - don't they??..and Whitney has been OK and still has a lot of promise - in my opinion.

5:10 PM, August 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all credit for youngblood goes to billet. He personally recruited jhamar. Got us a "steal". And also was solely responsible for him, along with Whitney.

8:22 PM, August 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Billet. a degree. Geoff was - far as I know and you state - the lead recruiter for Jhamar. the end...the recruit still has to meet the head coach.. ostensibly like the head coach, the campus, the school, and whatever the makes a recruit pick a school.

This is not meant to under state the importance of the assistant coaches in the recruiting role. It is usually critical.

They often make the first contact with the recruits and then stay with them for the process. They usually don't get enough credit in the public eye for recruits who pan out well and usually fly under the public radar when a recruit or recruits don't pan out.

Who remembers or even knows any more that Kevin Nickleberry recruited Rahsaan Johnson?

Or Ken Dempsey - Dave Calloway?

Or that Dave recruited Kevin Owens and Tyler Azzarelli?

Or Calz - Gerry Crosby and Dwayne Byfield.

The success and or failure of a coach, company, etc. is a blanket credit to or blame on the boss.

So - when people say- this coach recruited that player, etc. - there is validity to that. Recruiting is often very much a team effort.

The assistant coach sells the player on a school - and the head coach closes the deal.

In the end it still all comes down to, and you know this as well as I do - the head coach. He makes the ultimate decisions.

That's the way it is. That's why he's the boss.

9:01 PM, August 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Regarding the possible transfer of Mike Shipman:

Someone earlier asked the question on why a division 1 player with 2 years of experience would just leave and go to a D2 school. I thought this was an interesting comment. After thinking about this I also seem to remember that Shipman even played in the JSBL this summer (didn't he?), giving even more weight to the fact that he planned on returning to MU. To me, it seems obvious that something was said to him (maybe he had a conversation with the coaches about his status) about having to fight for playing time with Hett, and he didn't like what he heard. After his disappointing season last year this looks like a locical conclusion.

9:50 AM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: why leave for a D2 school..a lot of what you say would seem to make sense.

Mike did not play in the JSBl this summer ( he did last year and a some the year before) ) which I found to be rather curious...

10:18 AM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey TG

Its Tim Walker ISn't Mike from the
Wilmington area or atleast Delaware. MAybe he wanted to be closer to home who knows only Dave and Mike know the real reason. Why did Mike Perno leave after 96-97. Who knows??

Hope all is well in Long Branch.
Anythoughts on the Eagles this year??

Tim Walker

12:58 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Tim W:

Eagles..if they stay healthy (esp McNabb and BWest) have a good shot I think to get back to the Super Bowl..then again I picked MU (hoops) to win the NEC last year...

Shipman did play his high school ball in Del.....

As you know Perno left after Szoke stepped down.....apparently was shaken up by the coaching shake up...went D2...

Man.. was that really 10 years ago!@!??

1:08 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Billet was the sole reason Youngblood made it to MU. Can't say how I know but it is so true. He almost backed out when Geoff decided to leave before he got there. Geoff spoke to the person that counted the most and it work er go Youngblood... Thanks Geoff

9:09 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re Billet: Yes, very good job by him. Geoff turned into an excellent recruiter.

Likeable guy with that innocent (well, sort of) face.

9:34 PM, August 21, 2007  

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