Michigan State has three starting spots locked in, but the other two are seeing competition to be in the starting lineup.
This week was set to be Bess’ chance to break into the starting lineup as coach Tom Izzo has rotated through the group. Instead, the Michigan State freshman guard will miss at least a month after he had surgery on Tuesday to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
”It’s going to be a loss for a little bit, but he’ll get back,” Izzo said. “That’s too bad for us and I feel bad for him.”
Bess had been much talked about among the incoming freshmen this season, as Izzo praised his work ethic early and saying he had to sit him down with fellow freshman Lourawls Nairn to tell them to leave the gym.
The Michigan State coach had seen already the skills Bess could bring to the table. He praised his toughness, length, shooting ability and smarts on the court.
”When we got him this summer, I said, ‘This is the diamond in the rough guy,’” Izzo said. “This is the guy that I think could end up a great player.”
Bess’ absence will span exhibition season, some early season games and could reach into the Orlando Classic in late November.
”He's a quiet kid that took it hard,” he said. ”It will be okay for him. He'll figure it out. We'll miss him for a while, then hopefully get him back.”