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

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Braxton wants to thank the NCAA for carefully considering NC State's Request for Reconsideration and permitting him to play this season.

The NCAA has cleared Beverly to play immediately after reconsidering an ineligibility ruling tied to summer courses the freshman took at Ohio 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.

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The NCAA released a statement on its official Twitter account, saying, "Based on additional information, NCAA staff reconsidered and granted NC State's transfer waiver request for Braxton Beverly, allowing him to compete immediately". The Buckeyes eventually moved to fire Matta, but not until June when Beverly had been already attending classes. His academic work made him ineligible, by the NCAA's "year in residence" rule, to play this season for the Wolfpack.

"We are grateful that the NCAA agreed to reconsider Braxton's appeal and reversed the original decision, resulting in Braxton's immediate eligibility", Wolfpack athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. "I took it pretty hard". Some of my family might have taken it even harder, my uncle probably took it the hardest out of everybody. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"

N.C. State announced October 13 that its initial request for Beverly's eligibility was denied, and it appealed that decision 10 days later.