He’s merely accepting friendship, in lieu of dating you, because it beats the alternative. Having no girl friends, and, therefore, no one to confide in.
"We can play sports and just have fun."In our informal survey of people who are "just friends" with someone of the opposite sex, we heard a number of positive remarks.These people's persuasiveness almost makes the romantic pull of such relationships seem unusual. "One of my best friends is a woman," the male proponent of this perspective insists."And it's never crossed my mind to consider her in a romantic way." Well, that takes care of that, I think.What they reported liking most was talking and relating to women—something they can’t do with their buddies.Meanwhile, women rated their same-sex friendships higher on all these counts.