Point guard Golden commits to Vols

Tennessee’s men’s basketball recruiting class is back on point with the addition of 6-foot-1 prospect Trae Golden.

Golden, a senior point guard at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., said Wednesday night he’s going to sign with the Vols in November.

“This is a great situation for me,’’ said Golden, who’s the No. 55 overall ranked player in Rivals.com 150 rankings and No. 12 among the point guards. “I felt very at home on my visit to Tennessee, and I can really see myself there.

“It’s great to be a Tennessee Volunteer. I can’t wait to get to KnoxVegas!’’

Golden, also recruited by Virginia, South Florida and Georgia, averaged 27 points, six rebounds and five assists for his high school team last season. He made an official visit to UT last weekend.

The Vols targeted Golden in July when point guard Josh Selby announced he was de-committing from his verbal p ledge in July.

Golden had a good reference: Jordan McRae, a 6-6 shooting guard out of Liberty County, Ga., who has also committed to Tennessee, plays AAU ball with Golden on the Atlanta Celtics.

“Jordan is a great friend of mine and a teammate on my AAU team,’’ Golden said. “When Selby de-committed Jordan got on me hard.’’

McRae is a shooting guard, and Golden said he anticipates the two will carryover the solid chemistry they share on the Atlanta AAU team.

“Oh yeah, there’s a lot of chemistry there, and we’re going to be roommates once we get up there,’’ Golden said. “I’m really looking forward to this; it’s a great situation.’’

The Vols are losing five seniors this year, including starting point guard Bobby Maze and last year’s backup point guard, Josh Tabb.

UT still has three scholarships to offer in the Class of 2010, though there’s a possibility the Vols’ might not use all of them.

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Comments » 38

volfan2002 writes:

Great news as we need a talented point guard and Golden certainly will be a perfect fit.

VOLorado writes:

Welcome.

GO VOLS!

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Good Pick Up. Although Shelby is rated higher I'd still rather have a very good player who will be there 4 years versus someone who thinks he should only be in school 1 year. Now if Crawford will go ahead and commit so we can concentrate on the post players

UTfaninYankeeland writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Good Pick Up. Although Shelby is rated higher I'd still rather have a very good player who will be there 4 years versus someone who thinks he should only be in school 1 year. Now if Crawford will go ahead and commit so we can concentrate on the post players

You are right on. Selby was a big loss but we would need to get another PG after next year anyway because he will go pro. Bruce and his staff know what they are doing. We just need to get to the Final Four then our 3 stars will start becoming 4 & 5 stars.

Slystone writes:

in response to FreeTDTN:

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Free - Golden is the quality point guard that just gave a verbal. Agree with someone else who said Crawford would be needed. Not sure Pearl can get him out of Memphis though, but from what I hear he is leaning towards the Vols.

bluetick writes:

Sweet! CP will make him even better.

TooLegit2Quit writes:

Excellent news, I'm glad we finally got that big PG recruit we've been looking for. It sucks we lost Selby but this might be better in the long run. This 2010-11 class is shaping up to be a fantastic class. The future for Tennessee basketball just keeps getting brighter and brighter.

Go Vols, this is the year we get past the Sweet Sixteen!

tennrich1 writes:

in response to UTfaninYankeeland:

You are right on. Selby was a big loss but we would need to get another PG after next year anyway because he will go pro. Bruce and his staff know what they are doing. We just need to get to the Final Four then our 3 stars will start becoming 4 & 5 stars.

Last time i checked Coach Pearl had a great run with very few stars...I REALLY wish we could get players who play hard...you can win on this level huge with those type of players...

Look at the mess several programs, and we know who they are, got into with these type of players...

paul5170 writes:

Sure hope he wears Addidas!!!!!!

pammyvol1000 writes:

Wahoo!! Welcome to Tennessee!!

PumpUptheVOLume writes:

Solid pick up... watch him in the state playoffs last year... Solid.. just hope it translates to the college game.

UTfaninYankeeland writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Last time i checked Coach Pearl had a great run with very few stars...I REALLY wish we could get players who play hard...you can win on this level huge with those type of players...

Look at the mess several programs, and we know who they are, got into with these type of players...

I agree with you tennrich1. I love Bruce Pearl and have total confidence in him to develop lower star players into the kind of teammates he wants. He has had a great run for UT standards but I want more. It is going to take the 5 star stud mixed in with solid 3 & 4 star players to get UT to the next level. Go Vols

FLAVOLS writes:

Way to keep that Atlanta Celtics pipeline flowing Bruce!

TommyJack writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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We? You got worms?

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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We? Dildo, with a name like you have and posts you share, your on an island

jp17 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Who is going to throw him the ball? He is where his heart is. Lets win games with men that want to be Vols.

richvol writes:

UT hasn't had a dominating big man for a long time. It's way past due and would make a huge difference.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Why do you say we and our in your post? You're not a Vol fan

Bigger_Al writes:

Welcome aboard! Get ready to play harder than you ever thought you could play.

gbeejr#1354500 writes:

Looks like our future backcourt is finally taking shape - now we need some beef. With our dire need for size beginning 2010 we should at least get one if not both of these new yorkers - I hope they see they'll have the opportunity to play right away! And with a pre-season #8 ranking, that's gonna put some pressure on Brucie to maintain this level of success. Let's hope he's up to it and can close the deal.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to gbeejr#1354500:

Looks like our future backcourt is finally taking shape - now we need some beef. With our dire need for size beginning 2010 we should at least get one if not both of these new yorkers - I hope they see they'll have the opportunity to play right away! And with a pre-season #8 ranking, that's gonna put some pressure on Brucie to maintain this level of success. Let's hope he's up to it and can close the deal.

I agree. The poster above had a good point in that the classic low-post center is vanishingly rare these days, but no team can succeed at the highest levels without a few guys to muscle for rebounds and play interior defense. Golden is a good pickup, though, and might help attract some quality big guys as well.

gbeejr#1354500 writes:

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Our #1 option you say? Chism is potentially a great paint player, but he just didn't somehow drift away from the paint - he wants to shoot the 3's! Have you ever noticed Chism in the warm-ups - he shoots 3's more than anyone else! With the mentality we had on the court last year (bombs away from anywhere), if he had been our #1 option he would have led the country in 3pt attempts!!

VolunteerLifer writes:

good news.

cmoore7 writes:

Great News! The chemistry will come in handy.

polymer writes:

It strikes me as interesting that with Tech and UGA being "local" schools, we can have as much BB recruiting success as we do in the Atlanta area, and we continue to consistently strike out in Memphis. Probably no university in America has as much of a BB recruiting stranglehold on its own city as does U of M.
I've lived in Memphis, so I know a little about the AAU and the shoe company culture that exists there. Still, most of us have no appreciation for the pressure the Memphis kids have on them to stay at home.

volunteers4life writes:

Polymer is right. I have a lot of friends that work with High School Basketball programs locally in Memphis, TN. They are saying that since Pastner took over at U of M, the Tigers are pressing much harder on the backyard talent than was ever the case under Coach Slimeball.

Memphis has had problems letting players slip away in the past because of Calipari but, there seems to be a different approach by Pastner's staff. It was already difficult for UT to recruit in Memphis beforehand but, now with Calipari gone, it might get a little more difficult.

Regardless, I have faith that CBP will put together a successful and talented roster with or without any Memphis presence. (Although, since I am from Memphis, I would love for someone from my hometown to represent for the VOLS in a big way and open the gates for UT recruiting in the future!!!)

MikeInTN writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Live in Hendersonville,TN were JPII is located. Weis didn't steal Tate because the young man was never interested in the Vols. Solid Catholic family background and academics played a major part in his decision. Younger brother at Vanderbilt.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

We? You got worms?

I think he's looking for the precious.

tallfry writes:

great get! thanks, pearl and mcrae! one question tho, can he run the full-court trap? until we get back to the way the guards played on D with smith and lofton, we aren't going to be that scary, fun team everyone in k-town loved so much.

TrouserCough writes:

Rubber meets the road time for Pearl. Can he recruit? All the success has been with Buzz recruits. After Tyler Smith leaves it will be all Pearl recruits and it wouldn't have been pretty without Smith last year.

Ironcity writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

Rubber meets the road time for Pearl. Can he recruit? All the success has been with Buzz recruits. After Tyler Smith leaves it will be all Pearl recruits and it wouldn't have been pretty without Smith last year.

TrouserCough, Smith is a Pearl recruit. Every player on last years team was a Pearl recruit. Last year wasn't as successful as we would have liked, but that happens when you lose 4 of your top 6 players + a potential starter at point before he even gets in school. No team short of NC overcomes that. This year is important but if Goins does not play well it wouldn't surprise me if our offense bogs down at times again similar to last year. Without a good point guard, all teams can look really sloppy or out of control or selfish (a favorite word around here).

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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I can't either, not unless Vandy leaves or something, and THAT won't happen since the SEC signed that big media contract. I can understand why Johnson might want that, but I can't see ANY reason why the SEC would buy it.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

Rubber meets the road time for Pearl. Can he recruit? All the success has been with Buzz recruits. After Tyler Smith leaves it will be all Pearl recruits and it wouldn't have been pretty without Smith last year.

Tyler was originally recruited by Buzz, but he decommitted after Buzz was fired and went first to Hargreave(?) and then to Iowa. It was easier to get him to come back to UT when his father got sick, but it didn't hurt that CBP established a relationship with both of them in the meantime.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

any guard named "Trae" has got to be good.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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From what I've read, Golden (along with McRae) fits Pearl's system very well. I don't know if Bruce's style of play lends itself to "one and dones"; ie Chris Lofton. Maybe that will be the lesson learned from the Selby debacle.

Golden sounds like he can be a solid PG for a few years and provide the stability that was admittedly missing last year.

Coming in with McRae, already having that fortunate chemistry, could make this just the recruiting pick up Pearl needed to get back on track for the 2010 class.

GO BASKETVOLS!

TigerAndVolFan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I can't either, not unless Vandy leaves or something, and THAT won't happen since the SEC signed that big media contract. I can understand why Johnson might want that, but I can't see ANY reason why the SEC would buy it.

There is absolutely no way that Memphis will get into the SEC. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they do not bring enough to the table for football. But they did hire the former commish of the Big East as a consultant to try to get them in the Big East.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to A_VOICE_OF_REASON:

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Oh, go grasp your straw, nitwit....

Tellicovol writes:

Glad to see CP is going back to the press, it makes the game more fun to watch and nothing rattles a team more than having trouble getting into the front court.

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