With the need to fill the shooting guard spot as Gary Harris is essentially a lock to go pro following his sophomore season, MSU did just that. It went beyond just the one position, though, as the coaches value Bess' versatility to the one, two and three – primarily the two and three.
When I see Bess' film, I think a bit of former Spartan and current Brooklyn Net Alan Anderson. Anderson was a player who could move around and play all the wing/guard positions and do them pretty well. Bess is similar in that sense of playing multiple spots. He will match up well defensively and offensively at the two and three.
Here is what Scout.com national basketball recruiting analyst Brian Snow said about Bess:
"Javon is a versatile wing who does a little bit of everything well, but nothing great. The best thing about him is there is no glaring hole to his game. Javon can guard all three perimeter positions, and has the opportunity to play either the two or the three on the offensive end while possibly filling in at point guard in a pinch. He is a great kid and is very coachable. Also he is a kid who has continued to improve during his high school career, and I see him being a solid role player throughout his four year stay in East Lansing."
Many have wondered what this means for the Spartans odds at landing shooting guards like Devin Booker and James Blackmon. It didn't look like either was headed to MSU before this commitment, so it really doesn't change much there.
MSU still is in the running for Indianapolis Park Tudor small forward Trevon Bluiett, who will be making his decision in the coming days.