Tennessee Transfer Trae Golden Should Provide Instant Impact With Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Following this off-season’s massive overhaul of conference realignments, the ACC has some uncertain expectations, but that comes in a good sense. Long story short, the league is packed and it is expected to be very top heavy right from the get-go.

This leaves a squad like Georgia Tech in uncertain waters. Head coach Brian Gregory may finally have his best squad overall since taking over the reigns a few seasons ago, but can the Yellow Jackets compete within the upper half of the conference? Well, one key to their overall expectations in 2013-14 may hinge on their latest addition, former Tennessee guard, Trae Golden.

Golden has opted to play his final season at Georgia Tech and he is the ideal addition that could help push Georgia Tech into contention for a berth within the NCAA Tournament in 2014. Throw Golden into the mix alongside Robert Carter and Marcus Georges-Hunt and Gregory has some valuable tools to work with next season. However, Golden must first gain clearance from the NCAA via a waiver or else he will be forced to sit out the 2013-14 season per the guidelines on transfers.

Golden will be searching for that waiver, and given the health of his father, who is reportedly labeled as “severely ill,” the NCAA should allow the ex-Volunteer to play next season. Golden averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists per game last season, so you can tell right off the bat the exact type of impact that he could bring to the table at Georgia Tech.

 

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