NCAA reverses ruling, grants NC State's Braxton Beverly immediate eligibility

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

The Hazard, Kentucky, native enrolled in a summer class at Ohio State - the red flag that the NCAA paid close attention to.

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

The NCAA rules NC State guard Braxton Beverly eligible to compete immediately after it initially said he had to sit out a year after transferring from Ohio State.

Bowing to common sense and public pressure, the NCAA announced Tuesday that it is granting the NC State freshman a waiver that will allow him to compete immediately.

"Braxton wants to thank the NCAA for carefully considering NC State's Request for Reconsideration and permitting him to play this season". He made a decision to transfer two weeks later with a full release from Ohio State and a letter of endorsement from Matta to the NCAA. Even though the cases were unrelated, the message was clear: Paper classes were fine but going to summer classes was a cardinal sin.

The school hired attorney Scott Tompsett to work on Beverly's behalf and a request to reconsider the decision was filed last week.

The announcement ends a monthslong process of waiver requests and appeals after Beverly, an incoming freshman, made a decision to transfer from Ohio State after Thad Matta's abrupt firing this summer. But "based on additional information", the NCAA reconsidered and made the smart, obvious decision. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"

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