"I did come back very excited about Kentucky," Golden admitted, "I almost did commit right then and there."
Then a few days went by and then it turned into weeks, and by the time of the adidas Super64 Tournament in Las Vegas in late July, Golden had cooled on the prospect of an early commitment, "I came back excited," Golden said, "I had seen their incredible facilities and met their players and played some pick up with them. I just loved the place. But when I got home, I settled down and just thought that I should not be in a hurry. I really needed to take my time and think about this."
Golden's outstanding summer play continued and more and more schools began to take notice. In July Golden nearly had his choice made but now his recruitment has taken a radical turn and his list of suitors is growing, seemingly by the day.
"Right now I have scholarship offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Texas, Florida, Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State," Golden said, "and I also have North Carolina, UCLA, Southern Cal and Kansas calling me, expressing a lot of interest."
"He's just a youngster," said his high school coach Nick Chaykowski, "I know Kentucky fans wanted him to commit right away, but he really needs to do his diligence, take his time, visit the schools, and look carefully at his situation before he makes a decision."
Golden had wanted to attend Kentucky's Midnight Madness, but his commitment to the Pangos Basketball event prevented him from doing so, "When I first heard about Midnight Madness I got really excited," Golden said, "I have heard that it is quite the event. But I had already committed to the Pangos thing and didn't want to back out."
Golden will be visiting Ohio State this weekend, a visit he is looking forward to, "My dad went there, and I have watched them on television a lot," he said, "I am looking forward to seeing the campus for myself."
But don't expect Golden to make a commitment to Ohio State or any place else for that matter, "I think he probably learned his lesson in Lexington about getting swept up in the enthusiasm that a college atmosphere like Kentucky has," coach Chaykowski said, "So I don't think we'll see Trae make any commitments any time soon."
Chaykowski said that while he would not rule out a commitment next summer or fall, he thinks Trae will settle into a normal recruiting pattern typical of a high school sophomore superstar. "I think that is probably correct," Golden said of Chaykowski's comment, "My current thinking is to take my time."
While Golden insisted that he has mentally leveled the playing field and would not name any early leaders, he did say that he felt particularly strong relationships with three coaches, and those relationships may turn into advantages for those schools.
"I'd say that coach Billy Gillispie of Kentucky, George Felton of Georgia Tech and Rick Barnes of Texas are coaches that I have spoken the most with and feel the most comfortable with at this point," Golden said, "I feel very good about all of them, though I have to say I am excited about meeting other coaches and seeing other campuses." But Golden did have a final word for Kentucky fans, "Tell them I still love Kentucky," he said, laughing.