JONESBORO, Ark. (4/20/12) - Arkansas State head men's basketball coach John Brady announced the signing of point guard Cameron Golden of Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn.
Golden comes to ASU after leading his team to a top 10 national ranking, which the team maintained through most of the 2011-12 season. His senior season at Ridgeway, the squad amassed a 30-2 overall mark and earned the No. 1 team ranking in Tennessee.
Golden, a 6-1, 190-pound point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 4.0 rebounds last season, en route to earning All-District, All-Region and Best of the Prep honors as well as finishing as the runner up for the Tennessee Mr. Basketball award.
"With the signing of Cameron Golden it gives us a point guard that our team really needs. He had an outstanding career and an outstanding senior year," said ASU head coach John Brady. "Ridgeway was a nationally ranked team for most of the season and we are excited about what he brings to our team. He is an outstanding scorer, passer and has really good quickness. We feel like he will be an outstanding player in our conference."
"I'm looking forward to coming to Arkansas State and I am looking to make some noise there and have a good career," said Golden. "I chose Arkansas State over my other options because of the coaches, their style of play and the environment at ASU."
Entering the 2011-12 season, Golden was named a third-team All-State selection by ESPNU.com across all divisions after earning All-State honors as a junior. Golden is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and is currently the No. 10 prospect out of the state of Tennessee.
"I'm very happy for Cameron, he's played for me for four years and I am so happy to see him achieve his dream of playing for a Division I program," said Ridgeway High School Coach Wes Henning. "In my opinion, he will be one of the best players in ASU's recruiting class this year."
Golden initially committed to Alabama-Birmingham and was also being heavily recruited by Massachusetts, Jacksonville and Austin Peay. According to Rivals.com Golden also was also receiving interest from Western Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, Lipscomb, Alabama State, Duquesne, Eastern Michigan, Middle Tennessee and Southeast Missouri.
The addition of Golden pushes the Red Wolves fall recruiting class to five including early high school signees Kris Brown, Kelvin Downs, Raeford Worsham and junior-college transfer Seth Kisler.