Derrick Gordon is in the national news once again.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Gordon will reportedly be transferring from the Massachusetts men’s basketball team and will be eligible to play immediately.
After coming out as the first gay Division I basketball player on April 9, 2014, Gordon said that his sexuality had nothing to do with his decision.
“I appreciate everything that the coaches and my teammates have done for me,” Gordon told Goodman. “As far as me leaving, it has absolutely nothing to do with my sexuality. In fact, everyone could not have been more supportive with my situation.”
The 6-foot-2 guard started in all of his 65 career games for the Minutemen, averaging 9.6 points per game as well as 4.2 assists per game. Gordon was a key member to UMass’ return to the NCAA tournament in the 2013-14 season, and emerged as a leader both on and off the court this past season.
“This is just a personal decision for me to chase my dreams,” Gordon added. “I’m trying to put myself in the best situation to be successful, and I hope to go somewhere where I have the opportunity to expand my role and more importantly, win as many games as possible.”
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