Tennessee lands McEachern point guard Trae Golden

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.

23 comments Add your comment


September 16th, 2009
11:26 pm

Welcome Trae to Rocky Top….can’t wait to see you in orange!


September 16th, 2009
11:28 pm

If it was between UT and Ga I would have picked UT also. Good choice and good luck to the young man.


September 16th, 2009
11:35 pm

Good pickup for the Vols….great get Bruce. We needed a quality point guard. Go Vols!


September 17th, 2009
12:16 am

As a Dawg fan it looks like business as usual in the Basketball world at GA


September 17th, 2009
12:46 am

The vols beat us on the court and then take more of our recruits instate. Some things never change.

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

September 17th, 2009
2:04 am

Congratulations and Good Luck to both McEachern’s Trae Golden and Norcross’ Jeremy Lamb. Golden has a sweet jumper with great passing skills and Lamb is a very hard worker who strives to improve. Both players are absolutely fun to watch.

Georgia has got to do a better job of keeping top recruits in-state in Basketball and even Football. Though at a football school like Georgia, basketball at times seems to have traditionally taken even more of a backseat to football than football does to hoops at a basketball school like, well, North Carolina. I admit that football hasn’t always been “front and center” in Chapel Hill, but, hey, at least we haven’t completely forgotten about the football team’s existence like a certain crosstown rival of ours….

Anyways, again, good luck to Trae Golden and Jeremy Lamb and I hope that they continue to use their God-given basketball gifts and talents as a tool to enrich and benefit their lives as well as using basketball to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Work hard, study hard and KEEP UP THOSE GRADES!


September 17th, 2009
3:21 am

Go to Clemson and wear some real orange!


September 17th, 2009
7:47 am

If Coach Fox cannot get the best players in-state— and he is NOT getting them– it’s obvious Damon Evans made the wrong choice. Hire a coach that can recruit or it will be more of the same– mediocrity– for years to come. Tell me again what Evans has done for the athletic betterment of the Dawgs? Scheduling games at Oklahoma State?


September 17th, 2009
8:39 am

Well at least they can bunk in the same trailer.

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September 17th, 2009
11:20 am

well at least UGA is on the radar for some top recruits, they better capitalize this year in state because georgia tech is only going to take 1 or 2 players after favors and lawal leave. There is no way they can out recruit tech on a year when we take 5 or 6.


September 17th, 2009
11:26 am

@ TR – whats better? orange and white? or orange and a gay looking purple?


September 17th, 2009
12:48 pm

Enter your co UGA shouldn’t be going for the #17 point guard any way. Go for a top 10 point guard if you want to compete in the SEC. This guy is a part time backup waiting to happen.


September 17th, 2009
2:13 pm

Enjoy being 2nd in the East and 2nd fiddle to UK for your entire career.

Calapari is going to beeotchslap everyone in the league, especially UT. MSU will be the only challenger.

UGA will be lucky to win 4 conference games. The Mark Fox hire may tuen out fine but against Cal, Pearl, Billy D, Horn and Stallings, it is hard to get excited.

Gen Neyland

September 17th, 2009
6:20 pm

Welcome to The Top. DawginLex has issued you a challege via the spokesman for NCAA Basketball Infraction Committee of 1. Sink ‘em..

Sammy Jones

September 17th, 2009
6:46 pm


September 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

Trae Golden is where he belongs with that nutcase of a coach.

Dawg 1

September 20th, 2009
12:27 am

Wow… Fox hasn’t been in the job six months and you expect him to come in and turn it around in that quickly. At least we were in the hunt. How many times in the past have your seen where UGA wasn’t even considered.

It will some time, but Fox will make Georgia a winner. Then it will be a matter of holding on to the coach some of you clowns are already ready to toss.

Chuck Uga

September 20th, 2009
8:03 pm

Well, when you hire a coach from Nevada who is a total unknown in these parts, and he doesn’t find a good recruiting assistant who IS known, what do you expect? Damon Evans won’t find any more success than Dooley did with the UGA hoops situation. It is the graveyard of SEC basketball. No support, too far for the majority of fans to drive and a total inability to recruit players from the home state. Thank God for football, baseball, tennis and golf where UGA is always highly ranked.

Chuck Uga

September 20th, 2009
8:06 pm

Well, it took UT YEARS to find a decent coach. Georgia is just going through their period of mediocrity and poor results. Maybe in 7 or 8 years they will make the NCAA again.

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September 22nd, 2009
11:15 pm

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Pierre Boswell

October 6th, 2009
12:25 am

keep up the good work…

u gne be in the nba bruh