Derrick Gordon Pops for UMass

Derrick Gordon committed to UMass on Friday afternoon. He will form one of the most formidable backcourts in the country alongside Chaz Williams.

The Atlantic 10 picked up several commitments on Friday, but none bigger than UMass scoring Western Kentucky transfer Derrick Gordon.

Gordon announced the news on Twitter: "THIS WAS A LONG AND HARD DECISION FOR ME...BUT NOW IT'S OVER...IT'S OFFICIAL I WILL BE GOING TO UMASS!!!!....#UMassNation".

Gordon averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game per season for the Hilltoppers.

The UMass backcourt in 2013-14 will feature Gordon and Chaz Williams, making it one of the most formidable in the nation.

The six-foot-two Gordon had a very close relationship with Coach [Derek] Kellogg.

"My relationship with Coach (Derek) Kellogg was huge," Gordon told's Jeff Goodman. "He's so down to earth and I felt like I could talk to him about more than just basketball."

He will have to sit out next year according to NCAA rules, but will have three remaining years for the Minutemen.

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