Most of the time, girls come to me.” Shipman meets girls mainly through Facebook, where he says they’re often more open and comfortable, clocking in more than 60 female friend requests a day.
“If they fit the part, I would send them a message and see where that goes,” he said.
When Ray Shipman came to UF in the summer of 2008, he had expectations of becoming the big man on campus. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008 and came to UF surrounded by much hype.
Like many other college students, his perception of what college life was like came from sensationalized depictions in movies and television.
“And now that I’m older, I introduce them to the new players. But some freshman [players], they’ll hop right on it.” The promiscuity of those groupies is a reason why Shipman is a big proponent of safe sex.
Some teammates of mine, some other athletes, they don’t really care [that girls hook up with other players]. He said not wearing a condom is “just stupid” with all the health risks that come along with casual sex, which can be just as common on the road. “Maybe it’s the crowd or the games.” But the ladies who often hook up with Shipman’s teammates run the risk of becoming well-known inside those players’ social circles. “Sometimes I feel sorry for girls because they don’t know it.” And as an athlete gets more reps on the field of play, they deservedly get more attention as their skills elevate to higher levels.
Girls see an athlete who is tall and dresses nice, and they like that type of stuff.Shipman recently declared his intentions to transfer out of UF in hopes of more playing time, but his two years in Gainesville give an interesting look into what dating is like for an athlete at Florida.In high school, Shipman never had a girlfriend, but he was no stranger to the company of the opposite sex.“A girl will hit you up when they see you’re coming to town. Nothing is out of bounds for some girls who Shipman said are only interested in one thing: sleeping with an athlete. Shipman says that he can see the same correlation in his dating life.”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. He’s attractive.’ But then the better you get, they start noticing.