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Monday / June 24.
  • Derrick Gordon to UMass

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    Derrick Gordon visited a trio of Atlantic 10 schools and then chose one.

    The 6-foot-2 former Western Kentucky guard Tweeted Friday that he picked UMass over St. Joe’s and Rhode Island.

    The former St. Patrick standout averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds. He must sit a year per NCAA transfer regulations.

    “THIS WAS A LONG AND HARD DECISION FOR ME…BUT NOW IT’S OVER…IT’S OFFICIAL I WILL BE GOING TO UMASS!!!!…” he Tweeted.

    He added by phone: “My relationship with Coach [Derek] Kellogg [was a factor]. He’s just one of them down to Earth guys that I know I can talk to about anything besides basketball. I know he’s going to be a great guy to play for. I loved his personality . I can talk to him about anything. When I went down there on my visit, everything was great. I love the campus, the basketball players that was there. I was with Chaz Williams and Jesse [Morgan] and Maxie [Esho]. Those guys right there. I just had  a good time when I was down there. They treated me like family. I knew that was something I really wanted to be around and enjoy.

    “They’re a run-and-gun team. They press for 40 minutes which I love doing. And I know that I’m going to get better. They do a lot of pick-and-roll stuff. The year that I sit out is going to be really good for me to get better on my ball-handling and point guard skills.

    “It’s a win-win situation. I’m happy I made the decision. It’s time to get down there and just get better.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.