Gillispie signs all-state guard Caleb Golden

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton head coach Billy Gillispie announced the signing of Shiloh High School guard Caleb Golden to a National Letter of Intent to join Tarleton Men’s Basketball next season.

Golden, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Round Rock, Texas, will join the Texans after spending his senior season at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Georgia. Golden chose Tarleton over offers from Air Force and Oral Roberts.

“I would first like to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity to play for Tarleton State University,” said Golden. “No other program throughout my recruiting process had ever prioritized me the way coach Billy Gillispie and coach Jim Shaw did. I’m stoked to know I’ll be coached under one of the greatest college coaches of all time who has the same mindset as me – WIN WIN WIN!

“I couldn’t think of a better situation for me and my family as we journey into something new, alongside a program that is doing the same. I believe we will build a legacy at Tarleton and make noise for years to come. Go Texans!”

In his one season with Shiloh, Golden averaged 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 steals per game. Golden was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class 7A North all-state team, first team all-region, and first team all-county. Golden led the Generals to a 24-4 record and were ranked No. 7 in the state of Georgia.

At Cedar Ridge High School, where Golden spent his first three years of high school, he was named the Freshman Newcomer of the Year in District 13-6A and first team all-district all three years. His junior year at Cedar Ridge, Golden was named all-county as well. For his high school career, Golden scored over 2,000 points.

“We are extremely happy to have Caleb join our basketball program,” said Gillispie. “Caleb is an underrated basketball player who will do great things at Tarleton State University. Another great person, great student, and player with tremendous upside. He is a born-to-score ballplayer who should enjoy great success very early in his career. He should be a lot of fun to watch as he develops into a great Texan.”

In addition to his on-court success, Golden also excelled in the classroom as he was ranked in the top percentile of his class when he was at Cedar Ridge and named academic all-district all three years. Golden was quoted in the Austin American Statesman about his academics: “Academics has always been No. 1 in my family, and I take it extremely seriously. I take a lot of pride in being in the top percentile of the class of 2020 at Cedar Ridge.”

Golden becomes Gillispie’s seventh recruit to sign with the Texans, joining Tre Gipson, Shakur Daniel, Heritier Ngalamulume, Caleb Starks, Freddy Hicks, and Joey Madimba.


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