Tennessee just beat Georgia in basketball again.
This time it wasn’t on the court. This time it was in the living room of Class of 2010 recruit Trae Golden.
McEachern’s 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard committed to Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl in person Wednesday night. He said he chose the Vols over the Bulldogs.
“It was between those two,” said Golden, who also considered Virginia. ” I just thought Tennessee would be the best fit for me. Bruce Pearl, my family loves him and I love him. There’s just a genuineness about him that I like.”
Golden said Pearl’s reaction to his commitment Wednesday was a chest bump.
“He almost knocked me down,” Golden said with a laugh.
Golden is the second Georgian Pearl has plucked from under the Bulldogs’ noses. He joins Atlanta Celtics teammate Jordan McRae, a 6-foot-5 wing that committed to the Vols last spring. McRae also was reportedly considering Georgia.
Scout.com ranks Golden a four-star recruit, the No. 19 guard in the country and the No. 82 prospect overall. He said averaged 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for McEachern as a junior last season. He originally committed to Ohio State last spring.
Golden said he expects immediate playing time at point guard for Tennessee.
“Most definitely,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m signing with them. They’re going to help me get to the next level.”
Golden was the second big-time prospect to make a recruiting decision on Wednesday. Earlier in the day Norcross guard Jeremy Lamb announced his decision to commit to UConn. Georgia was also a finalist for Lamb, along with Texas.