With college basketball season right around the corner, head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartan received some great news today when three-star, class of 2014 forward Javon Bess announced he had verbally committed to play for Michigan State.
Bess is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward from Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. He held offers from programs like Dayton, Kansas State and Texas Tech but decided to go with Izzo and the Spartans, who joined the picture late for Bess.
Bess is the second commit to the class of 2014 for the Spartans after point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. committed to State a little less than a month ago.
Bess is listed as a forward but shows extreme versatility and has shown the ability to guard multiple positions, something that will translate well while playing for Izzo.
Bess also fits the prototypical mold of a Spartan basketball player, as he shows great toughness and intensity while on the court. Bess can get to the basket, fight for rebounds and play tough defense on his opponents.
Bess has worked hard to fight for scholarship offers throughout high school and his hard work paid off when Izzo decided to extend an offer to him. Bess will have a chance to play right away as a role player, especially considering players like Gary Harris and Branden Dawson will most likely depart for the NBA.
Michigan State looks to have room for one recruit left in the class of 2014 to join Bess and Nairn and it looks like they are going hard after top prospect Kevin Looney, who took an official visit to East Lansing two weeks ago.