Trae Golden, 6-foot-2 guard from Powder Springs, Ga. scheduled a workout with Coach Cyprien, along with assistant coaches from Tennessee, Ohio State and Georgia. "Trae shot some but he was still hobbling from an injury he incurred in Las Vegas," said his McEachern High School head coach Chaykowsky, known to his players as ‘Coach C.' "But this visit wasn't really about evaluating Trae," Coach C added, "They already know what he can do. This visit was more about letting Trae know how much they want him."
Coach Gillispie was scheduled to be on hand personally for the workout but was delayed watching another recruit in Orlando, Chris Singleton. "I called Coach Gillispie and he apologized for not being able to make the trip, but he sent coach Cyprien, and the Golden family was very appreciative of the personal attention," Coach C remarked.
Despite being unable to attend the workout personally, Coach C indicated that Gillispie communicated that Trae was considered a high priority, a very high priority according to his father, Robert Golden, "He has told us that, if the could he would give Trae two scholarships," laughed Robert Golden, Trae's father.
Coach C said that the Golden family was flattered by Gillispie's warm personality, "Coach Gillispie is a very likeable guy," Coach C said, "It was obvious that he really wanted to be there. But Singleton is obviously a very high priority as well and a 2008 player, so I am sure he wanted to spend as much time evaluating Chris as he could. Everyone understood that."
Robert Golden went to Ohio State himself, but says that this will have no weight on Trae's decision, "I wouldn't want Trae to go there just because I went there," the elder Golden said. "Trae will be visiting all these campuses in the future."
While Kentucky is "way up there" on Golden's list, there has surfaced some concern about the other recruits the Wildcats are bringing in, "I think Trae can outperform anyone he goes up against, but as a family we certainly have taken notice that the coach has already gotten commitments from some underclassmen guards," Robert said.
Trae's dad refers to the early commitments from G.J. Vilarino and K.C. Ross-Miller. "Trae has high expectations for playing time and we think he deserves the very best opportunity," said Robert, "but we have a lot of respect for coaches Gillispie and Cyprien, so we will see how it goes."
Perhaps suspecting that this situation may get sensitive, coach Gillispie told Coach C that he had made a decision, "Coach Gillispie said from this point on that he would be handling Trae's recruitment personally."