Things are starting to heat up for Gahanna senior boys basketball standout Javon Bess.

After playing for Pickerington Central for his first two prep seasons, Bess transferred to Gahanna last season and blossomed into a first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and second-team all-district selection.

A 6-5 swingman, Bess averaged 18.1 points while helping the Lions survive a season in which they had several players dealing with off-the-court issues and earn a Division I regional runner-up finish.

The offers have continued to flood in for Bess, and he told me this weekend that Kansas State, Texas Tech, Xavier, Dayton and Toledo are among the college programs he is considering.

"I'm just now starting to take some visits, so I really don't know when I will commit," Bess said. "I'm just going to take my time."

Gahanna should be one of central Ohio's top teams this coming season despite losing Aaron Jackson and two other key players to graduation.

Also back should be post player Nick Ward and a few role players.

The Lions also could benefit from sophomore Matthew Moyer, who transferred into the district after playing for Whetstone last season.