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.