NCAA reverses decision, NC State's Braxton Beverly eligible to play


Originally, the NCAA ruled Beverly ineligible after transferring from Ohio State University, forcing him to sit out a year due to transfer rules.

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 committed to coach Thad Matta and Ohio State previous year, and enrolled at the school early. But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman.

Last week, Beverly retained an attorney, and the school resubmitted the waiver to play this season.

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The NCAA said Beverly can "compete immediately", which means he'll suit up against Bryant at PNC Arena. Eventually, he decided that without Matta, Columbus was not where he wanted to be and headed to N.C. State.

N.C. State announced October 13 that its initial request for Beverly's eligibility was denied, and it appealed that decision 10 days later. Beverly is expected to debut tonight in the Wolfpack's game against Bryant.

"Braxton also appreciates the public support he's received from so many people across the country and the media outlets that have reported on his case".

"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. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"