College Notebook: Merced native Wiens heating up at Coppin State

slynch@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 27, 2012 

BALTIMORE -- Logan Wiens' path to Coppin State is a fascinating one.

Few have the athletic prowess to get drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays, play minor league baseball for a little over four seasons, and then return to school to earn a Division 1 basketball schorlarship.

Wiens did just that and now the former Merced High and Merced College star is starting to find his stride at Coppin State.

After sitting out last season, Wiens was set to start for the Eagles this year.

That plan was derailed early on when he was fouled hard while attempting a dunk and broke his elbow. The setback, however, was only temporary.

Showing the range he displayed while at Merced College, the 6-foot-7 forward is starting to light up the scoreboard at Coppin.

Wiens scored a career-high 23 points in a victory over South Carolina State on a 9-of-11 shooting performance, earning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor.

He followed that up with another 23-point showing against Hampton and 20 more against Norfolk State.

Wiens is averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He leads the Eagles with 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 93 percent at the free throw line.

Chambers awarded

A historic week in UC Merced men's college basketball history ended with a nice note.

Golden Bobcats leading scorer Aki Chambers was named the California Pacific Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for a second time after leading UC Merced to its first conference and home victories in school history.

Chambers averaged 21.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2 steals in the three games.

Still the Mann

Deja Mann was one of the purest scorers the Merced County area has ever produced.

Consecutive knee injuries cut her high school career short, but Arizona State knew what it had and Mann and stuck by her while she recovered.

The Sun Devils have used her more as a ball distributer than a scorer. The junior leads the team with 74 assists to go along with her 7.6 points per game and 3.6 rebounds.

But any given night Mann still possesses the ability to light, as she displayed with a career-high 17-point outburst in a victory against Utah last week.

Spring approaching

The spring sports season at Merced College will begin on Feb. 3 with the defending Central alley Conference baseball team opening at home against Cosumnes River.

That won't be the only title defense beginning that day, with the four-time defending Bay Valley Conference swim teams opening the season with a quad meet in Santa Rosa.

The MC softball team will open its season with a double-header at Butte on Feb. 11.

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