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Collegian: Finding His Way

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on junior men's basketball student-athlete Derrick Gordon and what his life has been like over the past 12 months, since coming out as a gay man a year ago.

Chuck Culpepper of the Washington Post has a story on Derrick Gordon and how the season has been after his announcement last April that he was gay. Gordon says he has found more support than anything during the course of the year and that by-and-large everything has maintained the status quo.

Dan Malone of sat down with Derrick Gordon and asked him five questions about Providence, last year's game-winner with the Friars, outside shooting and working the rust off after a long layoff away from game action.

Derrick Gordon currently leads the nation in free throws made and is second in free throw attempts. Dan Malone of MassLive recently sat down and talked with him about his success in getting to the line and his success rate once there.

Maroon Musket: Derrick Gordon Showing Improvement at the Line

Derrick Gordon is leading the country in free throws made (37) and is second in free throws attempted (44), while ranking 172nd with an 84.1 percentage. Although that is a misleading stat because the minimum to qualify for the rankings is 2.5 makes per game. Either way, anyone who has watched DG shoot free throws last year and this year will tell you that his stroke and results are night-and-day from each other.

Nick Canelas of has an article on DG at the line and how much effort he has put in to that part of his game since last season.

MBB Gameday Preview: vs. Notre Dame, 11/22/14

Sports Illustrated college basketball writer David Gardner has an article on the family bond between Derrick Gordon and his brothers Darryl and Mike, along with his life as a college basketball student-athlete.

Gardner spent time in New Jersey with the Gordon family and in Amherst with the men's basketball program for the piece.

MBB Recaps From Friday's 95-87 Win Over Siena

On Friday night the UMass men's basketball team opened the 106th season in school history with an exciting 95-87 victory over Siena at the Mullins Center.

The 'Big Four' as coach Kellogg referred to the veteran group of Trey Davis, Maxie Esho, Derrick Gordon and Cady Lalanne all scored in double figures to lead the Minutemen. Davis took over the role of the team's starting point guard after the departure of Chaz Williams and had a career-high of 28 points. Cady Lalanne blocked a career-high six shots despite only playing five minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.

Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli has a nice feature article on Derrick Gordon in today's Basketball Preview issue of the campus newspaper.

Dan Malone of has another player preview and today's selection is Derrick Gordon.

Boston Globe: UMass's Derrick Gordon at peace after coming out as gay

Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe has a profile piece on Derrick Gordon and how at peace he is with his life after coming out as gay in April.

Scott Gleeson (@ScottMGleeson) of USA Today has a profile piece on junior guard Derrick Gordon, where, in it, the Plainfield, N.J. product talks about his relationship with his twin brother Darryl, his personal life and the outlook for the 2014-15 basketball season. 

Outsports: Derrick Gordon is ready for his coming out season

Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) of has a story on what things Derrick Gordon may face on and off the court this season, along with how his relationship has changed with his teammates over the past six months. 

     A year ago, University of Massachusetts shooting guard Derrick Gordon was contemplating his retirement from basketball. Hiding deep in the closet, Gordon had isolated himself from his teammates, choosing to spend each night alone in the gym or in his bedroom.
     Six months ago he came to a crossroads in his life: Quit basketball or come out as a gay man. He chose the latter, making him the first active Div. 1 male athlete in basketball, baseball, football or hockey to come out publicly. As Robert Frost one said, "That has made all the difference."
     Since coming out publicly and to his team last April, his relationships with his teammates have transformed. Whereas they suspected he was gay a year ago, Gordon taking the bold step of coming out liberated both him and his teammates. They now spend countless hours together on and off the practice court. Gordon no longer shies away from them, and according to Gordon they embrace him, inviting him to dinner, parties and to spend hours playing video games in their dorm rooms.
     "When I see that it tells me they want me to be around and it makes me a lot more comfortable," Gordon told Outsports. "The gay thing doesn't even run through their heads. They don't care about it at all."

Read the entire article here...

Derrick Gordon has spent a good deal of time in the offseason working on his outside shooting and free throw attempts. And Dan Malone of MassLive has an in-depth look at DG's shot practice routine and the counsel he sought from head coach Derek Kellogg.

ESPN Goodman: Derrick Gordon couldn't be happier

ESPN Senior Writer Jeff Goodman spent the day in Amherst on Wednesday, talking with Derrick Gordon about his summer and what the junior guard expected out of the upcoming season - his first as an openly gay Division I men's basketball player.

   AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon told ESPN that he would have quit basketball if he did not come out publicly as gay last April.
   The 6-foot-2 junior, who averaged 9.4 points last season for a UMass team that lost to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, said he was beyond miserable and was on the verge of quitting the sport.
   "I was coming out or giving up basketball," Gordon told ESPN on Wednesday. "It was breaking me down."
   Gordon said he had lived with the secret since when he entered college at Western Kentucky. He transferred to UMass after his freshman season and rarely -- if ever -- hung around his teammates.
   "My secret," Gordon said in explaining why he was a loner in college. "I didn't want to be put in a situation where they found out."
   Gordon told his parents, brother and teammates just days before making a public announcement to ESPN that he was set to become the first active Division I men's basketball player to be openly gay. Gordon said the support he's received from everyone has been overwhelming, and that his life has completely changed, although the experience wasn't quite so easy for his twin brother, Darryl.

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Matt Vautour of the Daly Hampshire Gazette spoke with Derrick Gordon on Monday about the transition the junior guard has gone through since coming out in April as the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player.

Reaction To Derrick Gordon Announcement

Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon announced he was gay on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player.

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MBB Gameday Preview: NCAA 2nd Rd vs. Tennessee, 3/21/14

It's here! 16 years in the making and the UMass Minutemen will make their ninth appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament today at 2:45 p.m. against Tennessee. Here are the previews of the game.

No. 6 Massachusetts (24-8) vs. No. 11 Tennessee (22-12)
 Date Friday, March 21 at 2:45 p.m. (EST)
 Location Raleigh, N.C. | PNC Arena
 Tickets  Click here
 TV watch CBS
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester)
 Satellite Radio  Westwood One Broadcast | Sirius XM 91 | Listen live on TuneIn App
 Online Video watch CBS March Madness Live App 
 Live Stats gametracker Live Stats
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 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Tenn Notes | News Clips | 2013-14 Media Guide

Wednesday NCAA Tournament Coverage Of UMass Basketball

Boston Globe: Derrick Gordon teaching UMass teammates

Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe has a feature today on the Minutemen's Derek Gordon who reached the NCAA Tournament with Western Kentucky as a freshman before transferring to UMass. Gordon's experience in tournament play will certainly be beneficial to the squad this weekend.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a preview of tonight's hoops match-up against Rhode Island. He focuses on what UMass' will have to do defensively to contain an explosive Ram offense.

Collegian: Double trouble - UMass ready to defend Munford, Matthews

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a look at tonight's match-up between UMass and Rhode Island. In particular he highlights the superb guard duo for the Rams in Xavier Munford and E.C. Matthews.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on Derrick Gordon and his role on the UMass basketball team. The transfer guard played a pivotal role in the win over VCU last Friday.

Paul Gotham of the basketball web site Pickin Splinters wrote the following article on Derrick Gordon.
Gordon (2) has been a valuable piece to the UMass run. (Photo: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
     Derrick Gordon grabbed headlines recently. The redshirt sophomore's putback gave Derek Kellogg's then No. 22 UMass Minutemen a 69-67 victory over rival Providence. Gordon's bucket with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted UMass to consecutive last-second victories over the Friars.
     The attention was overdue for a player who Kellogg insists is a key piece for the Minutemen who have the NCAA Tournament in their sights for the first time in more than a decade.
     "He's a tough kind of role guy who will do everything for the team," Kellogg said during the weekly Atlantic 10 conference call. "Those types of guys are important. At times they don't get the recognition they deserve."

Read the full article here...

MBB Recaps From Saturday's 69-67 Overtime Win Over Providence

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on the Minutemen coming back after more than a week between games and some time off for Thanksgiving.

MBB Recaps From Thursday's 96-90 Win Over Nebraska

UMass outlasted a late rally from Nebraska to advance to the winner's side of the Charleston Classic. Gordon ended the game with 22 points and five rebounds as he showed the fans what his game is all about. He was just three shy of his career-high of 25 from his Western Kentucky days. The Minutemen also got solid scoring from the other four starters and Maxie Esho joined the group of six in double figures. Before we get to any of the previews for the game with New Mexico, here are some recaps and thoughts on yesterday's action.

And here's a story from ESPN about the craziness that happened in Charleston, Puerto Rico and NYC as the first day of the holiday tournaments opened with some fireworks.

Derrick Gordon begins UMass career with high expectations

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the expectations that Derrick Gordon has following a season of hype during his redshirt year as a transfer student.

     The guy sitting out always seems to take on mythic status.
     Reports and rumors always had Gary Forbes, Luke Bonner, Rashaun Freeman, Shannon Crooks, Donta Bright and Chaz Williams dominating practice or pickup games the year before each was eligible to suit up.
     The latest sitting-out standout was Derrick Gordon. The combo guard from New Jersey drew rave reviews for his practice play last year as he sat out under NCAA rules after transferring from Western Kentucky, where he led the Hilltoppers in scoring and rebounding en route to the NCAA tournament. His addition to an already strong nucleus has helped feed UMass' high expectations.
     "It's hard to put expectations on a guy who's sat out a year. I think there's going to be some rust," said UMass coach Derek Kellogg, who was the source of some of last year's raves about Gordon's practice. "But I expect him to be a guy that helps us win. He has an opportunity to be in the starting lineup and get integrated into a good team and good program. I expect him to be a guy that comes every day and competes at a high level, puts the ball in the basket in transition, gets to the free throw line quite a bit and comes up with those big game-winning plays."

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Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on sophomore guard Derrick Gordon's basketball & life journey from New Jersey to Kentucky to Amherst.

College basketball preseason: 20 under-the-radar transfers

While there's no perfect formula for predicting how a player will perform in a new league or on a new team, many believe that UMass sophomore transfer Derrick Gordon could be an X-factor in helping UMass return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Count Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) among the believers. He listed the Plainfield, N.J. native among his '20 under-the-radar transfers' for this season.

He writes...
Derrick Gordon, UMass: This 6-3 combo guard led Western Kentucky in both scoring and rebounding as the Hilltoppers advanced to the 2012 NCAA tournament. His presence next to Chaz Williams in the Minuteman backcourt has people in Amherst believing this will be the season that Derek Kellogg takes his alma mater to the field of 68.

There are a number of players on teams that appear on the Minutemen's schedule this year, including Gilvydas Biruta (Rhode Island), Alex Dragicevich (Boston College), Tyler Harris (Providence) and Jordan Sibert (Dayton).

With college basketball practices underway across the country, web sites and magazines have been releasing their team rankings and conference predictions in anticipation of the season. It seems the consensus among the outlets listed below and a half-dozen hoops magazines is that UMass should be in the top four of the Atlantic 10 race, along with defending champion Saint Louis, VCU and La Salle.

ESPN's Jordan Brenner wrote the team preview that appears for ESPN Insider subscribers. He has UMass finishing fourth in the Atlantic 10.
He writes...
     With Chaz Williams, UMass always has a chance. The 5-foot-9 senior is back for one more season after his sterling play (15.5 points, 7.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds per game) earned him all-conference honors in 2012-13. "He's done a real good job solidifying our program," coach Derek Kellogg says.
     Williams, certainly, would love to finish his career with an NCAA bid. To do that, though, will require improvements from the guys around him. Most critically, Williams' ability to create for others won't matter if they can't knock down shots. And UMass has a serious lack of 3-point shooters. Raphiael Putney, a versatile 6-9 senior, hit 28 treys a season ago, but those came on 100 attempts. No other returning player hit more than a dozen. So Kellogg hopes that sophomore Trey Davis can contribute and that transfer Derrick Gordon, who averaged 11.8 PPG at Western Kentucky, can expand his range. Otherwise, he'll need a freshman -- perhaps Clyde Santee -- to help replace departed seniors Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson, as well as Jesse Morgan, who was dismissed from the program.
     If the outside shooting doesn't surface, UMass will have to rely on its press to create offense. Gordon, with his athleticism and aggressiveness, should be a great fit for the system, just like Putney. But when teams break the press, a second weakness is exposed -- UMass' half-court defense.
     The Minutemen allowed 103 points per 100 possessions in conference games last season (ninth). "That's going to be a focus from Day 1," Kellogg says. "We're going to have some tough defensive practices and we really need to work on our defensive rebounding." Indeed, UMass allowed conference foes to rebound 33.2 percent of their own misses (10th). To change that, Cady Lalanne (8.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG) will need to become a more consistent inside presence. And a healthier Sampson Carter -- he averaged 6.4 PPG and 4.3 RPG after returning from hip surgery -- will provide a boost, too.
     If UMass can improve its D, a shooter or two emerges and Lalanne becomes the all-conference center Kellogg thinks he can be, this team has enough talent to reach the NCAA tournament. But the Minutemen are still a step behind the likes of St. Louis and VCU to contend for the conference crown.
Projected 2013-14 conference finish: 4th

CBS Sports
Below are the predictions for the A-10 as supplied by the six national writers for CBS Sports. Here is the link for the entire article which shows their choices for some of the larger leagues around the country.

College Chalk Talk
Writers Chris DiSano and Ian Nolan at College Chalk Talk provided their take on the Atlantic 10 and felt UMass would come in as the fourth place team. Their 140 character synopsis reads... UMass - Yes, Chaz Williams is still in school but the NCAA drought remains, now at 15 long years for the Minutemen. The senior could lead them back as his final act.
They also have Chaz as a first team all-conference choice and Derrick Gordon as one of their three impact transfers.
The duo also feels the Minutemen will make their return to the NCAA tournament, along with VCU, Saint Louis and La Salle.

College Sports Madness
College Sports Madness puts UMass as the No. 40 teams in the country and feels the Minutemen are worthy of a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

You know it's basketball season when Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) is visiting teams around the country and throwing out the facts that make fan bases excited, angry or even both. Well, in his latest update on the college scene has some info on his recent trip to Hawk Hill and a visit with Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli.

You have to scroll down near the bottom of the article where Jon wrote the following about UMass...

Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli believes UMass is more than just a team to watch in the Atlantic 10. "They're being underrated nationally," Martelli said of the Minutemen, who have reached the NIT in each of the past two seasons. "If college basketball is about the point guard position, they have one of the best in Chaz Williams. They also have a transfer in Derrick Gordon (Western Kentucky) that's capable of being a first-team all-league player. He's that good." UMass has been projected as one of the better teams in the Atlantic 10, and they'll have plenty of early opportunities on their schedule to make statements nationally. The Minutemen play Boston College at TD Garden on 11/10 and then host LSU in Amherst on 11/12.

Yes, it is early and there is a lot of time between now and the start of the season, but whenever coaches are complimentary of your skills and team, that is usually a good thing. They know what they are talking about, especially someone who has been in the business for more than 30 years and spent the last 18 watching A-10 hoops.

Transfer Derrick Gordon helping Minutemen from the sideline

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with Derrick Gordon and Javorn Farrell before practice this week and spoke with the duo about their roles this season.

Tyler Bergantino, Derrick Gordon put on YouTube show

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Derrick Gordon and Tyler Bergantino are two of the most energetic and outgoing students on the UMass campus... and they happen to be pretty good ball players too. Take a read at the following article by the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour and check out the unique video series these two newcomers have brought to the Amherst area.

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