Wiedeman fearless as ever in college

Trent Wiedeman was deemed not quite tall or athletic enough to play inside in a league like the ACC. But the College of Charleston freshman has sure come up big in two games against ACC teams.

Wiedeman had 12 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench as the Cougars gave storied North Carolina a scare before losing 74-69 Sunday night in Chapel Hill.

The College of Charleston (4-3) led for the last time at 54-52 midway in the second half when the 6-foot-8 Wiedeman threw down a reverse one-hand dunk over the Tar Heels’ 7-footer, Tyler Zeller.

Wiedeman showed no fear in helping lead Greater Atlanta Christian to the Class AA semifinals in 2009 and the state championship last season, and moving up to college basketball hasn’t changed his aggressiveness.

Although playing against bigger players and ones who can jump higher, Wiedeman has averaged seven rebounds per game in his reserve role with the Cougars and had two blocks against No. 25 North Carolina.

Wiedeman also has made the most of his offensive opportunities for coach Bobby Cremins, making 17 of 24 field goals and going 14-for-16 from the foul line while averaging 6.6 points per game. He was 5-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the line against North Carolina.

The College of Charleston’s other game against an ACC team came in the opener at Maryland on Nov. 10. The Cougars again almost pulled an upset, losing 75-74, and Wiedeman had six points, making all three of his shots, and six rebounds in 23 minutes.

Wiedeman’s season-high is 13 points against Holy Cross and he had nine rebounds previously against Rhode Island.

The College of Charleston, led by senior guard Andrew Goudelock of Stone Mountain, is picked to finish second in the Southern Conference behind defending champion Wofford. Goudelock had 28 points against North Carolina, which was upset by the Cougars last season.