Golden, who Smith says is closer to 6-foot-1 than the 5-foot-11 height some services list him at, has been making impressions all summer. Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop, was recently quoted by the Georgetown News as saying he believed Golden to be NBA caliber some day.
"I think that is certainly the case," Smith agreed, "he is such a tremendous scorer and does so many things with the basketball, he is just exceptional – and he is only improving. He does a great job of keeping his teammates involved in the game and is one of those guys coaches love because he gets the ball to the guys that are shooting well. And he can really score himself. I think he could be one of the next superstars to come out of our program."
Golden will be playing in a tournament this weekend in Cincinnati and then later in the month at the adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas.
As to the rumors about an early commitment from Golden, Smith says not to expect that anytime soon, "Trae is not anywhere near ready to make a commitment. It is just too early in the process for him. Trae needs to evaluate his position better and take his time during the recruiting process. He is getting a lot of interest from a lot of schools. Kentucky is certainly one. Clemson is another as well as Louisville. He has a lot of time and he will not rush. I don't know exactly when he will make a decision but I would not expect it anytime soon."