Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Braxton Beverly cleared to play immediately for NC State

Braxton Beverly cleared to play immediately for NC State

Better late than never for Braxton Beverly.

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.

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".

N.C. State athletics spokesman Fred Demarest recently said Matta and Ohio State supported Beverly's efforts to play right away.

In a statement, Beverly's attorney, Scott Tompsett, said Beverly is "absolutely thrilled" by the ruling and thanked the NCAA for reconsidering its initial stance.

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An Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber takes off on a mission. CONTRIBUTED

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.

NC State faces Bryant Tuesday night at 7 p.m.in PNC Arena, but it is unclear if Beverly will see action.

The NCAA has declared freshman guard Braxton Beverly eligible to compete for the NC State men's basketball team for the 2017-18 season. He last played for Perry County Central as a sophomore, averaging 21.1 points per game. His academic work made him ineligible, by the NCAA's "year in residence" rule, to play this season for the Wolfpack. He is very grateful.

NC State appealed, twice, but it wasn't until the school filed a request for reconsideration that the NCAA changed its mind.

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