MA Player Derrick Gordon Becomes 1st Openly Gay Athlete to Play In Division 1 Men's Basketball

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    Nov 16, 2014 2:29 AM GMT
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    Nov 16, 2014 4:38 PM GMT
    he played well also
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    Feb 12, 2015 9:17 PM GMT

    Just a heads-up. After a little winning streak, the UMass Minutemen (15-9) are tied for 1st in their conference standings, an Atlantic 10 Conference record of 8-3.

    Gordon, a junior, ranks second among Minutemen in minutes played. He is fourth on the team in scoring (10 points per game), leads the team with 1.5 steals per game, is second on the team in assists, and, at all of 6-foot-3, ranks third on the team in blocked shots. Gordon has scored in double-figures in seven of UMass's last eight games.

    The A-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will be in Brooklyn from March 11-15.

    Also, here's a nice story from his November reunion with his once-imprisoned brother... also a good re-telling of how he was trying to play on the DL and leaving breadcrumbs everywhere, including with his teammates.
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    Mar 13, 2015 11:55 AM GMT

    Just when things were getting good! UMass faltered at the end of the regular season and lost last night's game in the A-10 Conference Tourney, so no return trip to the NCAAs.

    The Minutemen are now 17-15, and while they're not going to The Big Dance, look for Gordon and his teammates to get a middle-seed bid in the NIT. Their RPI is good enough to get them in the second-tier postseason tournament.

    Another nice article, although it is Yahoo, so save yourself the drama of reading the comments.

    UMass guard Gordon says coming out let him focus on game
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    May 06, 2015 2:45 PM GMT
    A little late with the news, but despite getting his bachelor's degree in sociology this spring, Gordon has another year of NCAA eligibility left and announced in March he'll be transferring from UMass.

    ESPN ranks him #8 among college hoops' best transfer prospects.

    After the Minutemen faltered in the A-10 Tourney, UMass was not accepted into the NIT, and Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg had no desires to participate in the lesser-known tournaments.

    Gordon, Jason Collins and Congressman Joe Kennedy recently spoke prior to a PFLAG event.,_joe_kennedy,_derrick_gordon_talk_advocacy,_athletics_before_pflag_event
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    May 21, 2015 12:14 PM GMT

    Back home to Jersey!

    Derrick Gordon (via Twitter: @flash2gordon)It's been a long recruiting process...But happy to say I will be going to Seton Hall University!!!...Can't wait to play for Coach Willard..

    CBS SportsThe departure of former SHU scorer Sterling Gibbs, who plays the same position as Gordon, clearly made the choice easier for Gordon. Gibbs recently committed to finishing his career at UConn. Like Gordon, his final stop will also be his third school. They are both grad-student transfers, and so both will play next season.

    Gordon averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds with the 17-15 Minutemen last season. In 2013-14, he helped UMass to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 seasons. Seton Hall is in the midst of a decade-long drought. Will Gordon help Kevin Willard's program break through next season?

    Gordon also revealed to USA Today that he encountered homophobia in the past two months.

    USA TodaySince Gordon announced he'd be transferring in late March, he said he encountered what he saw as homophobia during his inquiries with other schools. He would not name any programs when asked by USA TODAY Sports.

    "During the recruiting process, a number of schools didn't want me because I'm gay," Gordon said. "To me, that's blatant homophobia. At the end of the day, no coaches will ever admit that they don't want me because I'm gay and there's baggage that comes with the attention.

    "Honestly, it caught me off-guard. It really hurt. It had me stressing, crying. I was starting to lose hope. I felt like I was being treated like an outsider, like I didn't belong in the NCAA. I couldn't believe it because I'm a good player and they were looking at the opposite — something that doesn't mean anything with my (sexuality). … 'Nah, not the gay guy.'

    CBS SportsGordon did say his time with UMass was a positive one, that he had so much support from the team and fans after his big announcement a year ago. But his choice to leave came down to basketbal-related reasons, and that he thought he could fit in and make more of an impact somewhere else in his final season.

    Seton Hall went 16-15 last season.