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Braxton Beverly cleared to play immediately for NC State

15 November 2017

The NCAA announced Tuesday that it has reconsidered and granted NC State's transfer waiver request for Braxton Beverly, allowing him to compete immediately.

Beverly enrolled in two summer classes at Ohio State, but four weeks later, longtime coach Matta was let go by the Buckeyes.

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Braxton Beverly, the former Perry County Central star who twice had been denied eligibility by the NCAA under its transfer rules, will be able to play Tuesday night after winning his latest appeal. But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman. The NCAA originally ruled that because he had attended classes he would be treated as any other Division I transfer and subject to sitting out a year - even though he was only briefly at Ohio State and only looked to leave after Matta's unorthodox firing in the middle of the summer.

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

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Scott Tompsett said in a statement that Beverly, a freshman guard from Hazard, Ky., will be in uniform for the Wolfpack's game Tuesday vs. Bryant College. N.C. State asked the university to reconsider the ruling.

After the NCAA ruled Beverly ineligible, NC State filed two appeals that were swiftly denied.

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"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", Tompsett said. But the school suddenly fired coach Thad Matta on June 5 and later hired Butler's Chris Holtmann, leading Beverly to obtain his release and sign with the Wolfpack in July.

Braxton Beverly cleared to play immediately for NC State