US college basketball player announces he's gay

By Drum Digital
10 April 2014

University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in the top U.S. men's college basketball division.

Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports on Wednesday. He said he gained confidence by seeing an NBA team sign Jason Collins, who became the league's first openly gay player when he joined the Brooklyn Nets this season.

Gordon was the Minutemen's fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season, when Massachusetts reached the national college basketball tournament for the first time since 1998.

Collins made a trailblazing announcement last April when he came out in an interview with Sports Illustrated. In February, he became the first openly gay male athlete in the four major North American professional sports leagues.


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