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"I had a great three years here at Tennessee, but I plan to play my senior year somewhere else this fall," Golden said in a news release. "I really appreciate the staff and all the great support from Vol fans. I'm definitely going to miss my teammates. I want them to have nothing but success in the future."
"We want nothing but the best for Trae," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said in the statement. "Everyone associated with our program wants to see him be successful, and we wish him well."
|Trae Golden's impending transfer leaves the Volunteers without a point guard on the roster.|
Tennessee will field one of the nation’s most powerful frontcourts next winter, with Jeronne Maymon returning from injury to rejoin Jarnell Stokes, as well as developing scoring star Jordan McRae in the backcourt. All of that offensive talent will be of less value if the playmaker in charge of the team either can’t or won’t get those guys the ball.
There’s some debate regarding which category best describes Golden, but it’s one of the two. Although he only 38.3 percent from the field last season, he tried eight more shots than Stokes. Although Golden shot only 29.5 percent from 3-point range, he still attempted 95. He produced 12 games of two or fewer assists as a junior, including none in the Vols’ embarrassing NIT home loss to Mercer. Decision-making has not been the strongest area for Golden.