Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Levi Randolph (20) keeps the ball away from Tennessee Volunteers guard Trae Golden (11) during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Alabama won 58-48. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers Basketball: Trae Golden To Transfer

Cuonzo Martin and the university of Tennessee dropped a shocker on Tuesday — Trae Golden will playing elsewhere this fall, he won’t be returning to Tennessee.

Below is the full release from Tennessee:

We want nothing but the best for Trae,” UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Everyone associated with our program wants to see him be successful, and we wish him well.”

In three seasons with the Vols, Golden appeared in 96 games with 58 starts – all at the point guard position. He averaged 9.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists during his career on Rocky Top.

A native of Powder Springs, Ga., Golden led Tennessee with a career-best scoring average of 13.6 points per game as a sophomore in 2011-12. He averaged 12.1 points this past season.

“I had a great three years here at Tennessee, but I plan to play my senior year somewhere else this fall,” Golden said. “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”

The news is surprising, especially considering Travon Landry was just released from his national letter of intent this past weekend, getting the Vols down to the mandatory 13 scholarship players.

With this news the Vols now have a scholarship to extend.

Golden averaged 12.1 points a game during his junior season.



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