MBB vs. TENNESSEE-NCAA 2ND RND.
Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Transferred to UMass from Western Kentucky in the summer of 2012 ... Sat out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules.
Averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game ... Shot 48% from the floor and 58% from the free throw line ... In A-10 play, he averaged 9.6 points and shot 52% from the field ... Scored in double figures in 16 games and eight of the last 11 ... Grabbed a career-high four steals in his first game at UMass against Boston College (11/10/13) ... Opened the Charleston Classic with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting against Nebraska (11/21/13) ... Followed with a pair of double-figure scoring games versus New Mexico (11/22/13) and Clemson (11/24/13) ... Team-high 12 points - including 10 in the second half - in a season-best 38 minutes against Florida State (12/21/13) ... Scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds at George Mason (1/15/14) but none were more important than the offensive reb in the paint and putback with 8.1 seconds left that gave UMass an 88-87 win ... Had nine points, a season-high 10 rebounds, along with four assists in the home win over Rhode Island (2/26/14) ... Had 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting with six rebounds at Dayton (3/1/14) ... Had 15 points against Saint Louis (3/9/14), with 11 on 5-of-6 shooting in the second half ... Had 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting in the NCAA Second Round against Tennessee (3/21/14).
Took a redshirt season per NCAA transfer rules.
2011-12 (Fr.-Western Kentucky): Third Team All-Sun Belt selection as a true freshman ... Led the team in scoring (11.8), rebounds (6.7), free throws made (135), free throws attempted (196) and minutes played (33.3), while ranking second in assists (2.1) as the Hilltoppers won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Second Round where they lost to eventual national champion Kentucky ... Became the first true freshman in WKU history to lead the team in scoring as he ranked third among first-years with 412 points ... Posted 21 double-figure scoring games, four 20-point games and four double-doubles ... Led the team in scoring 14 times and in rebounding 17 times ... Scored a season-high 25 points with 16-of-18 from the free throw line in his first career game against Saint Joseph's (11/11) ... His 25 points were the most by a WKU freshman in his first career varsity game ... Additionally, he became the first Division I player to make 16 or more free throws in his freshman debut since November 27, 1999, when George Washington's SirValiant Brown went 16-for-19 against South Florida in his first career game ... Score nine and 12 points in consecutive games against VCU (11/20 & 11/23) ... First career double-double came at Southern Illinois (12/7) with 14 points and 13 rebs ... Had a pair of 20-point games early in SBC play versus Louisiana (1/5) and at North Texas (1/12) ... Tied his season-high with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting with a season-high 15 boards against UALR (3/4) in the SBC Tournament Quarterfinals ... Had 11 points and 11 rebs in the NCAA First Round come-from-behind win over Mississippi Valley State (3/13) as WKU trailed by 16 with 4:51 to play to complete the largest comeback with under five minutes to play in tourney history.
Three-year starter at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., one of the top high schools in the country, for coach Kevin Boyle ... Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and listed in Rivals.com's prestigious Top 150 as the 105th-best high school senior in the country ... Named one of 10 rising high school seniors and 65th-best overall by recruiting service MaxPreps.com ... Averaged 17.3 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as a senior in 2010-11 ... Team won four-straight Union County Tournament titles and 32-consecutive games at one point over a two-year span ... Won state championship with St. Patrick in 2009 ... Team went a combined 52-4 in final two seasons, including a 26-1 mark in senior season of 2010-11 ... Made 38 three-pointers as a senior after sinking just four in junior campaign ... Named Union County Player of the Year, first-team all-state and first-team All-Union County after senior year ... Member of the National Honor Society ... High school teammates with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who played at Kentucky for former UMass coach John Calipari.
Full name is Derrick Robert Gordon ... Born Dec. 12, 1991 in Plainfield, N.J. ... Son of Michael and Sandra Gordon ... Has two brothers, Mike and a twin Darryl.