Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Braxton Beverly granted waiver, will play for NC State immediately

Braxton Beverly granted waiver, will play for NC State immediately

The NCAA has declared freshman guard Braxton Beverly eligible to compete for the NC State men's basketball team for the 2017-18 season.

Beverly enrolled in two summer classes at Ohio State, but four weeks later, longtime coach Matta was let go by the Buckeyes. N.C. State asked the university to reconsider the ruling. But the NCAA twice refused to budge for Beverly, so he hired a lawyer to apply additional pressure on the NCAA.

After the NCAA ruled Beverly ineligible, NC State filed two appeals that were swiftly denied. Beverly's case centered around the fact he took summer courses at Ohio State before a late coaching change prompted him to seek his release and ultimately join the Wolfpack. He chose to transfer two weeks later with a full release from Ohio State and a letter of endorsement from Matta to the NCAA. But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman.

The NCAA said Beverly can "compete immediately", which means he'll suit up against Bryant at PNC Arena. "He is very grateful", Tompsett said.

"Through all of this, I am still happy with the decision to come to NC State". Beverly left school and transferred to N.C. State in July. The school said the NCAA denied that appeal October 30 - Beverly was allowed to practice - then recently submitted a request for the NCAA to reconsider its position yet again. "It was the right choice for a young man caught in a hard situation not of his own making".

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