Trae Has His Golden Moment

What does a chest bump from Bruce Pearl feel like? On Wednesday night, Trae Golden found out during his in-home visit.

Two years ago in Las Vegas, Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl was the only head coach in a gym watching a young group of players from the Atlanta Celtics against on overmatched opponent. On the court that day was Jordan McRae, now a Volunteer commit.

Earlier, Pearl had watched the 17-and-under Celtics and guard Trae Golden. As of Wednesday night, his diligence had paid off. Pearl and the Vols received a verbal commitment from Golden, one of the best shooters in the class.

Georgia, Virginia and South Florida were among the suitors for Golden. "I'm a Tennessee Volunteer," the McEachern (Ga.) High guard texted.

In Golden, the Volunteers have acquired a shooting guard capable of sticking the big shots. "They showed me so many DVD's (during the in-home) we had to pull out the DVD player. It was crazy."

The difference for Golden was the staff in Knoxville. "I just felt the genuiness of the coaching staff from Tennessee. It's a great situation in the SEC, Jordan's committed … I loved it. It's a great atmosphere for me to be in."

Pearl and Tony Jones conducted an in-home visit with Golden Wednesday night and received the commitment at that time. The question had to be asked: what was Pearl's reaction? "He body bumped me," Golden said laughing.

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