Golden, a guard, is a native of Powder Springs who attended McEachern High School. He transferred to Georgia Tech this summer to be closer to his family and his father, who ESPN reports is ill.
Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory announced Thursday the NCAA approved the waiver of the year-in-residency requirement for transfers.
“We are extremely grateful that the NCAA has supported and granted Trae’s waiver for immediate eligibility,” Gregory said in a release from the college. “We are excited for Trae and his family. We look forward to Trae earning his degree from Georgia Tech and having a special senior season.”
Golden’s situation is similar to that of another former Cobb County high school star, Ryan Harrow. The former Walton High School star left Kentucky for Georgia State — his second move after beginning his college career at North Carolina State — and will be eligible to play immediately without having to sit out.
The 6-foot-2 Golden averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists while playing in 96 career games, including 58 starts, for Tennessee.
Golden averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists as a junior last season. He set a career high by averaging 13.6 points per game as a sophomore.
In a Georgia Tech backcourt that includes nine players who are sophomores or younger, Golden’s experience will be helpful, particularly with a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules that Chris Bolden must sit out to begin the season.
Golden’s arrival at Georgia Tech filled a hole the Yellow Jackets had after the departure of another guard — and another Cobb County product — Brandon Reed. After two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Reed left to return to Arkansas State, where he began his college career and will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.