After two seasons with the high-powered Michigan State Spartans, forward Javon Bess found himself somewhat lost in the rotation of forwards. Despite showing flashes of high-major abilities over his two years, he came off the bench more often than not.
So, Bess decided to transfer elsewhere.
Following the 2015-16 season, where the Spartans were upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Bess announced his intentions to transfer.
In mid-May, it appeared that he had found his new home, as he committed to the Akron Zips. But, less than a month later, he has seemingly had a change of heart.
It was reported Thursday that Bess was no longer committed to Akron, and had decided to transfer to elsewhere. Now, Javon Bess has committed to Travis Ford and the Saint Louis Billikens.
Saint Louis and Akron were Bess’ final two teams before he committed to the Zips. Being a native of Columbus, Ohio, playing for Akron came as little surprise to people close to the 6’5” forward.
Last season with the Spartans, Bess appeared in 31 contests, averaging 11.4 minutes per game. He averaged 3.0 points and pulled down 2.4 rebounds per game in his limited action.
Due to NCAA transfer regulations, Bess will sit out the 2016-17 season, and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Since Travis Ford took over as head coach of the BIllikens, he has left his mark on the transfer market. Bess becomes the third high-profile transfer player to commit to Saint Louis, joining D.J. Foreman (Rutgers Scarlet Knights) and Adonys Henriquez (UCF Knights). All three players are eligible for the 2017-18 campaign, after sitting out next year.
Bess gives the team another player with high-major talent and potential, and he can help the team on the court in many ways with his versatility.
With Travis Ford leading the way, the Saint Louis Billikens are on the upswing once again.
– T. Bennett