MSU waiting on Bess, Ellis to get healthy

Bess set to resume activity this week, while Ellis still struggling to return from his ankle sprain as the Spartans hope to get both back soon before Big Ten play starts later this month.

Michigan State slowly is getting back to health and that is set to continue in the coming weeks.

The Spartans, who just got Alvin Ellis back to some game action last week, are set to start easing freshman guard Javon Bess into the lineup.

”Javon Bess has been cleared to get into more full activity this week,” coach Tom Izzo said. “That doesn’t mean full practice, it means full running, cutting, getting some shooting up.”

Bess broke a bone in his right foot during preseason and the return process will be carefully handled, Izzo said.

”If he goes out there and it’s at all sore or just muscle soreness, I’m not playing him until after Christmas,” Izzo said.

The incoming freshman was part of the competition to start at the two guard spot with Ellis and Bryn Forbes in preseason camp, but before he had his full chance to do so, went down.

Ellis then went down in the Spartans’ season opener at Navy. He was out until Michigan State traveled to South Bend last week to play Notre Dame. He logged just five minutes in the loss before playing eight against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Saturday as the injury has lingered.

”We tried to play him a little bit and now we are going to try to rest him a little more,” Izzo said. “He’s still he has a serious high ankle sprain. …

”He’s definitely not wimping out on us, it’s just an injury that is lingering. … He is able to work out some, but I don’t see him full go until Christmas for sure, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play in these games, I think he will play some.”

The Spartans open Big Ten play on Dec. 30, by which point they will be hoping to have both Ellis and Bess ready – especially in getting the freshman some experience under his belt.

”He’s going to have to get some working out in first,” Izzo said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to do that by the end this week. …

”As far as getting anything out of him that unfortunately looks to be Christmas. I just want to get his feet wet so he knows what he’s in for when he opens the Big Ten season.”

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