UMass guard Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

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Derrick Gordon comes out as gay on ESPN.

UMass guard Derrick Gordon has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball in the NCAA.

Gordon, 22, came out on April 9 in interviews with ESPN and Outsports. He is a sophomore with UMass and was the fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game in the last season.

Gordon transferred to UMass in Amherst from Western Kentucky. He played for St. Patrick high school in New Jersey.

To ESPN, Gordon said, "I want to be myself. I don't want to hide and be someone I'm not."

He said he came out to his teammates and family before the public coming out and that he was encouraged to come out after Jason Collins, who is gay, signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

"That was so important to me, knowing that sexuality didn't matter, that the NBA was OK with it," Gordon told ESPN.