UMass guard Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay male player in Division I basketball

UMass' Derrick Gordon said he gained confidence by seeing an NBA club sign openly gay Jason Collins.



Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball will inspire others.

“There are a lot of kids out there in my situation, probably far worse situations,” he said. “Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump.”

Gordon 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.

“Right now I’m happy. I’m free just to live my life,” Gordon told the AP.

The sophomore was the Minutemen's fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season.


KANSAS: Freshman Joel Embiid is entering the NBA Draft after a breakthrough season that ended with a stress fracture in his back that kept the 7-footer out of the NCAA Tournament.

Embiid, who some believe could go first, averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while blocking 72 shots and earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.


MICHIGAN STATE: Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Spartans star Adreian Payne and inspired the team to make her happy by playing well, has died, the girl’s father said.

Matt Holsworth said Lacey died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday.

Lacey met Payne during one of her hospital stays two years ago, and their friendship quickly blossomed.

When it was Payne’s turn to be honored during Senior Night, the center scooped up Lacey and carried her around the court



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