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

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The NCAA last month denied Beverly's request to waive the rule.

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.

North Carolina State's Braxton Beverly won't have to sit out this season for attending class after all.

Beverly enrolled in two summer classes at Ohio State, but four weeks later, longtime coach Matta was let go by the Buckeyes. "He is very grateful", Tompsett said. Beverly then made a decision to transfer to NC State but was initially forced to sit out a year per the NCAA's transfer rules-if a player who has not graduated transfers from a Division I school to another Division I school, he is forced to sit out a year-even though he had only taken summer classes at Ohio State and never competed nor practiced officially with the team.

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

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

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. 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. "It was the right choice for a young man caught in a hard situation not of his own making".

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