NCAA Rules Braxton Beverly Immediately Eligible To Play For NC State

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Braxton Beverly has been cleared by the NCAA to play immediately for N.C. State after transferring from Ohio State in the summer, Beverly's attorney announced Tuesday. Beverly attended summer school at Ohio State this past summer and then transferred to NC State after former Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was sacked in early June. N.C State's waiver to bypass the undergraduate transfer rule was denied the NCAA in October and the school's appeal was also denied.

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

"Through all of this, I am still happy with the decision to come to NC State".

Beverly is a 6-foot guard from Kentucky who attended Hargrave Military Academy - the prep school NC State coach Kevin Keatts led from 1999 to 2001, and also from 2003 to 2011. The Buckeyes eventually moved to fire Matta, but not until June when Beverly had been already attending classes.

Beverly's initial appeal for a waiver was denied, and he had to miss NC State's opening two games. However, Beverly then hired a lawyer and submitted a final request for reconsideration to the NCAA, resulting in his immediate eligibility.

It worked this time.

The announcement ends a monthslong process of waiver requests and appeals after Beverly, an incoming freshman, chose to transfer from Ohio State after Thad Matta's abrupt firing this summer.

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