NCAA Rules Braxton Beverly Immediately Eligible To Play For NC State

An Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber takes off on a mission. CONTRIBUTED

An Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber takes off on a mission. CONTRIBUTED

The NCAA released a statement on its official Twitter account, saying, "Based on additional information, NCAA staff reconsidered and granted NC State's transfer waiver request for Braxton Beverly, allowing him to compete immediately". When longtime head coach Thad Matta walked away from the school this summer, the move screwed over Beverly, who had already started taking classes at OSU (which is normal for many top recruits). Eventually, he decided that without Matta, Columbus was not where he wanted to be and headed to N.C. State.

After the NCAA twice ruled him ineligible to play for the N.C. State Wolfpack this season, the freshman guard was granted immediate eligibility on Tuesday and will be in uniform for the Wolfpack's game with Bryant Tuesday night at PNC Arena. But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman.

Beverly's initial appeal for a waiver was denied, and he had to miss NC State's opening two games. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"

Beverly, a 6-foot shooting guard, committed to Ohio State previous year out of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., where he averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals after moving there from Kentucky.

Whatever that new information is, it helped the NCAA arrive at a decision that almost every single observer of the sport has called for in Beverly's situation.

"When (Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts) told me that my appeal had been denied earlier this week, I could tell how upset he was", Beverly wrote on his personal blog. "It was the right choice for a young man caught in a hard situation not of his own making".

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