Tuesday , Jan , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA’s Shipp out for season

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – A banged up UCLA basketball squad
announced on Tuesday that sophomore Josh Shipp will miss the remainder of the
season due to hip problems.

“Josh had surgery back in late September and at this point his pain levels are
just unacceptable, just too much to handle,” said Bruins head coach Ben
Howland. “He has constant throbbing during every practice and every game, he’s
very sore every day and the next morning he’s obviously very stiff. And it’s
not getting better.”

On September 28, the 6-foot-5 guard/forward had a procedure to repair a torn
labrum (cartilage) and had a bone spur removal of the femoral neck performed
by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in
Van Nuys.

“It’s been something that’s been lingering in my mind for awhile,” said Shipp
of the decision to sit out. “For the Stanford and Cal games, I really didn’t
feel comfortable , but I wanted to go out there and try and help the team get
a win. It was just real sore and painful in those two games. I tried to go
again last weekend and I just decided I couldn’t do it the whole year, there
was just too much pain.”

Shipp had missed the first 11 games of the season, but started in the past
four games for the Bruins and averaged 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while
playing almost 30 minutes a game.

Once the 2005-06 season is finished, UCLA will petition the NCAA for a medical
hardship waiver in order to get another year of eligibility for Shipp.

This latest blow comes as bad news to an injury-riddled Bruins squad.
Guard/forward Cedric Bozeman has not played since injuring his left shoulder
on December 27 and has missed the past four games and is expected to miss the
Thursday contest against Washington State and Saturday’s game against
Washington. Centers Michael Fey and Ryan Hollins have both missed the past
five games with a sprained right ankle and a groin strain, respectively, and
are doubtful for the next two games.