NCAA Rules Braxton Beverly Immediately Eligible To Play For NC State

Ruben Hill
November 15, 2017

Four-star freshman point guard Braxton Beverly has spent the past month in basketball purgatory, but today, the NCAA did something reasonably logical for once when it reversed its initial ruling and made Beverly immediately eligible to play for NC State.

Beverly, a three-star point guard from Kentucky, enrolled early at Ohio State in May shortly after he graduated high school with the intention of playing for Thad Matta, but Matta was forced to resign shortly after he arrived in Columbus.

Beverly originally committed to play at Ohio State, a program that's fallen off a cliff in the past few years.

NC State faces Bryant Tuesday night at 7 p.m.in PNC Arena, but it is unclear if Beverly will see action. "He is very grateful", Tompsett said. He chose to transfer two weeks later with a full release from Ohio State and a letter of endorsement from Matta to the NCAA.

The NCAA's decision drew widespread criticism for being needlessly harsh. Even though the cases were unrelated, the message was clear: Paper classes were fine but going to summer classes was a cardinal sin. Beverly later hired Tompsett as his attorney and released a first-person version of events expressing his disappointment at not being able to play. According to NCAA bylaws, N.C. State had to file new information which wasn't initially available in order for the decision to be reconsidered. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!" But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman. Both Matta and Smith have expressed support for Beverly throughout this process.

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