The University of Tennessee basketball program sent out a release shortly after noon on Tuesday announcing that point guard Trae Golden will be transferring after the spring semester.
Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin released a statement wishing Golden well in his future endeavors and Golden also made a statement.
“I had a great three years here at Tennessee, but I plan to play my senior year somewhere else this fall,” Golden said via the 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.”
What’s strange about the announcement came from former teammate Tobias Harris, who is now with the Orlando Magic. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Harris took to his official Twitter account with the messages “it ain’t his decision,” and “he is not trying to transfer, he wants to stay.”
Harris has since removed the tweets, but did leave one final note up.
“I'm done talking about it, I wish the best for my best friend @traegolden. Wherever he goes The Lord will be with him. He has an amazing career at the University of Tennessee!! Nothing but the best!!”
We’re still in the dark as to why Golden left the Tennessee basketball program. Was it his decision? If not, why was he asked to leave?
Tuesday’s news comes just days after Martin released point guard recruit Travon Landry from his Letter of Intent. When Jarnell Stokes decided to return to play his senior season with the Vols, the team was one scholarship athlete above its allowed allotment. Landry was released by Tennessee from his commitment and will begin to look elsewhere for an opportunity to play.
In less than a week the Tennessee basketball program lost two points guards that were expected to be on the 2013-14 roster. The Vols will have to scramble to come up with a solution at the point guard position.