"I think this year I'm playing with a chip on my shoulder like I have something to prove and I feel like I do have something to prove to people," Golden said. "It's helping me and I'm leaving everything on the floor each time we play. I'm just trying to get better."
Through 22 games, Golden, a three-star prospect, is averaging 26 points and six assists per contest, while operating both on and off the ball for his 19-3 squad.
"I think this is the best I've felt," Golden told Scout.com. "I haven't gotten injured in a long time, I'm in the best shape of my life and I just feel like I'm playing really well."
"I'm playing combo guard," he said. "A couple of the offenses I come off screens looking to shoot, so I might play the two then, but then I'll move to the point and run the offense too. I run both."
Once an Ohio State commit, Golden and the Buckeyes parted ways in early July. Since his recruitment opened up, high majors have been trailing his every move.
"It's picked up lately," Golden said of his recruitment. "Right now Virginia Tech, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Connecticut [are showing interest]. With coach [Dennis] Felton getting fired, UGA is kind of on and off."
"The ones that have really done that the most are Virginia Tech and Marquette," the 2010 prospect said. "They've really picked it up and told me that they really want me there."
When Golden initially committed to OSU he made the decision during his sophomore year. This time around Golden is planning to wait out the process and not rush into a decision.
"I'm going to take some official visits and see how that goes and see where everything is at that time," he said. "I'm going to talk to my AAU coaches and see where it goes from there."