Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports.
The 22-year-old shooting guard came out to his family, coaches and teammates in the span of just a few days at the beginning of April. That's when he also decided to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.
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Derrick Gordon (right) goes up for a shot during NCAA tournament game against Tennessee.
"I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN. "I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, 'Why not me?