During that time, Bess has won over 1,100 games, led the Raiders to a pair of national championships [1979, 1992] and twice been named NJCAA National Coach of the Year.
In each of the last two seasons, Bess coached Ibrahim Djambo, a 6-9, 200-pound forward from Mali. On Monday night, Djambo committed to play his final two seasons of college ball at Clemson.
Bess spoke with CUTigers on Tuesday afternoon.
"Ibrahim is just a great young man, to go along with good athleticism. He's got an especially good focus about himself, excellent character," he said. "I think he'll be a real good addition [to Clemson]."
As a sophomore at Three Rivers, Djambo averaged 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
"He's really strong for his weight and is good around the basket," Bess said. "In other words, I think he's a good player for you."
Djambo will add some versatility to a Clemson front court that returns just three players from last year's team.
He made 127 of 285 field goal attempts, a 44.6 percent clip. From behind the 3-point line, Djambo hit 35 of 99 shots. He also blocked 39 shots and handed out 25 assists.
"I guess the thing that he does best is pick-and-pop on the offensive end of the court. He's got a nice shot," Bess said.
Djambo, who spent time in France training before he came to America, fits into a European mold.
"He's European style, but he'll draw a charge. He's a tough kid," Bess said. "He's skilled…he's had some good coaching before he ever got over here."
Coach speak: Ibrahim Djambo
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