CSTV’s Hodge Report is reporting that forward Bobby Fenske is leaving the Naval Academy. Fenske (6-8, 196), a prized recruit who originally committed to the Air Force Academy before being medically disqualified, averaged a little more than 8 minutes per game in his freshman campaign (including 10 starts). While seeing limited action, he did shoot 40% from behind the arc (10-25) and was almost certainly being counted on as a centerpiece of Billy Lange’s frontcourt for the next three years. Fenske’s departure leaves the small forward position a two-man battle between junior Adam Teague and sophomore T.J. Topercer. No word yet on where Fenske will end up.
Coach Lange may be losing a forward via transfer, but he’s gaining a guard. Idaho’s O.J. Avworo (6-0, 180) is transferring to Navy. Avworo, who was heavily recruited by Navy before committing to Idaho, will sit out next season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. He averaged nearly 27 min./game with the Vandals last year while starting 24 games and leading the team with 95 assists. Avworo should contend for the starting point guard spot when he is eligible to play in 2008-2009, which would free up Kaleo Kina to take over Greg Sprink’s role as Navy’s primary scoring threat in the backcourt.