Cougars’ Wiedeman to transfer

College of Charleston forward Trent Wiedeman (44) reacts after dunking the ball against UNCG last month. (Shane Roper/Special to The Post and Courier)

College of Charleston forward Trent Wiedeman, a preseason All-Southern Conference pick, will not return to the team next season and has decided to transfer.

Wiedeman, a 6-8 junior, played in 26 games this season, averaging 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Cougars, who finished the season with a 24-11 record.

Wiedeman, who was a full-time starter during his sophomore season under then-coach Bobby Cremins, started just four times this season under new coach Doug Wojcik. Wiedeman missed nine games this season with two separate ankle injuries.

As a sophomore, Wiedeman averaged 12.1 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds. He was named to the 2011-12 All-SoCon coaches team and was a third-team selection by the media. He was second in the SoCon with eight double- doubles his sophomore year.

As a freshman, Wiedeman started 15 games and averaged 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. He was a freshman All-SoCon pick by the media and coaches.

“It was a pleasure to coach Trent this year,” Wojcik said. “We did not want him to transfer, but it was his decision and we wish him the very best.”

Wiedeman must sit out one season. He is reportedly interested in Virginia Tech, where former Cougars assistant Mark Byington currently coaches, and Kennesaw State.