Scott Phillips of NBC Sports notes that Seton Hall guard Derrick Gordon has hung up the sneakers, and will be pursuing a career as a firefighter in San Francisco instead of pursuing a career playing basketball abroad.
Gordon was the first openly gay player in Division I basketball, and, as Phillips notes, he was also the first player to reach the NCAA tournament with three different teams. Gordon started his collegiate career with Western Kentucky in 2011-12, then sat out a year after transferring to the University of Massachusetts (2013-2015), and then moved to Seton Hall for this last season as a graduate transfer.
Cyd Zeigler of OutSports wrote an open letter to Gordon this spring, praising his NCAA career after Seton Hall was eliminated from the tournament:
By being the best No. 32 you could possibly be, you have made it so much easier for so many others to be themselves. Because of you, the next one will have a role model, a roadmap, a coach with resources at his fingertips and teammates who’ve watched two storied programs accept someone like him.
You have made it easier for all of them to breathe.
(Note: Gordon came out publicly during his tenure at UMass, which is why Zeigler notes that “two storied programs,” and not all three schools Gordon played at, accepted him.)