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East Lansing -- Michigan State is less than three weeks from opening the 2014-15 basketball season, and it looks like it will do so without freshman guard Javon Bess.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing player injured his right foot and will miss at least a month after surgery Tuesday to repair the fifth metatarsal. Dr. Mike Shingles will perform the surgery.

The injury could move Bess closer to a redshirt season, despite receiving plenty of praise from coach Tom Izzo as practice began early this month.

"He's kind of more like a Raymar Morgan," Izzo said. "Has a great feel for the game, great understanding. You know, he is in love with the game, this kid. … I think he's my surprise recruit, meaning I think he's stepped up a lot. He's got size, he can shoot it better than decent. He can handle it. Offensive rebounds, can guard people. And he has a very high basketball IQ.

"So we have 10, 11 guys that can play, we've got to figure out which eight or nine are probably gonna be playing more and see what happens."

No. 18 Michigan State begins exhibition play Monday against the Master's College before hosting St. Cloud State on Nov. 7. The regular season begins Nov. 14 against Navy in the Veteran's Classic before MSU plays No. 3 Duke on Nov. 18 in the Champions Classic.

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