Derrick Gordon : Former UMass guard says he will transfer to Seton Hall

Derrick Gordon : Former UMass guard says he will transfer to Seton Hall

University of Massachusetts graduate transfer Derrick Gordon announced on Twitter that he will be joining the Seton Hall program on Sunday.

“It’s been a long recruiting process … But happy to say I will be going to Seton Hall University!!!…Can’t wait to play for Coach (Kevin) Willard..,” he tweeted.

Gordon, who played two seasons with the Minutemen, became increasingly frustrated with his role in Amherst, leading to his decision to transfer in late March. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season for UMass.

Gordon, who graduated from UMass this spring, will be immediately eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer. He’ll join a backcourt that lost last season’s top scorer Sterling Gibbs, who transferred to UConn on Saturday.

Gordon pushed himself into the national spotlight in April 2014 when, following the season, he came out to become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball history. He received overwhelming support from the UMass community, and said his decision to transfer had nothing to do with his sexual identity. It was solely basketball-related.

Gordon will feel at home going to Seton Hall, where he’ll be a short trip away from his hometown of Elizabeth, N.J, where he starred at St. Patrick High School. He attended Western Kentucky as a freshman before transferring to UMass.