July 10, 2009

Golden intrigued with Bulldogs, Fox

McEachern's Trae Golden admits he was not unlike a lot of Georgia fans when the Bulldogs hired Mark Fox as their new basketball coach.

He didn't know a lot about him.

But like others before him, Golden started doing a little research. He likes what he's learned.

So much so, that Golden told UGASports Thursday night that he'll seriously be considering the Bulldogs when sits down to decide what college he'll eventually attend.

"He's a real cool guy, honest, I really like him," Golden said. "I had heard some things about him but after I met him we really hit it off."

So where do the Bulldogs appear on the docket for the 6-foot-1, 190 pound point guard?

Golden said he's yet to narrow down a list of final teams, but will consider each of the 16 schools to have offered him scholarships thus far. The nation's 17th-ranked point guard according to Rivals.com has offers from such schools as Georgia Tech, Virginia, Pittsburgh and just recently picked up one from Arizona State.

"Right now I don't have a timetable for a decision. It could come at some time before high school or it could come right before the season," he said. "But right now I don't even have a final list. It's wide open."

Golden will begin finalizing a list shortly after his AAU season with the Atlanta Celtics is complete in early August.

The squad just returned from the prestigious It Takes 5ive Classic in Cincinnati and heads to Miami, Fla. this weekend before wrapping up in Dallas.

Golden has been to Georgia before.

He visited the school back in October when he attended Georgia's football game against Tennessee and met with former coach Dennis Felton, who originally offered Golden his scholarship almost a year ago.

When Fox and his staff took over, Golden said they were quick to inform him the offer still stood.

Although Golden doesn't currently have plans for another visit to Athens, it's not because he doesn't plan to come by the school.

"Being that I'm so close, just right down the road, we could just go there tomorrow if we wanted to," Golden said. "I'll just have to sit down with my family and decide when we'd want to do it."

Although his choices are many, the former Ohio State commitment said he would have no trouble going to program like Georgia where the basketball tradition isn't what it's like at some schools.

"Not at all," Golden said. "If I did go to Georgia it would be exciting to be able to help get that tradition back. If I went to Georgia I'd be excited to help get them back on track and the fans excited about basketball."

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