Will Sheridan, a former Villanova basketball player, announced on Monday in an interview on ESPN that he's gay.

Sheridan came forward a day after Phoenix Suns' CEO and President Rick Welts came out of the closet in an interview with the New York Times.

The 26-year-old Sheridan discussed his sexuality during an appearance on the network's Outside The Lines.

When asked why he decided to come out, Sheridan replied: “I'm kind of over it. Everyone close to me knows. Everyone who matters to me knows. I'm at a point where someone else can learn from my experience.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

In an expanded story on the network's website, Sheridan's parents, Will Sr. and Josie Sheridan, sounded conflicted over the news.

“Devastated. I was devastated,” Josie Sheridan said. “I mean, I was disappointed. Not in him, but in things that were taken away – not having a daughter-in-law, grandchildren, things like that.”

But added that she was proud of her son: “I've always been so proud of him, but he has such courage. This takes courage.”

Will Sr., a religious man, said he did not speak to his son for over a year.

“I don't use the word 'tolerate.' I 'appreciate.' I appreciate that this is who he is, and I believe this is who God wants him to be,” Will Sr. told ESPN.

But then added: “I treat him like he ain't. I believe one day he's going to change. He says he's not, but I believe he will. A man has to have some kind of belief and hope.”

Sheridan has concentrated on his musical career since leaving college. His 4-track album, Ngoma, which is Swahili for music, was released in October.