NC State’s Braxton Beverly cleared to play by NCAA

Mar 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A general view of an official logo on the court prior to the game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Villanova Wildcats in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournamentat Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina State Wolfpack freshman Braxton Beverly has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and has been cleared to play immediately, according to a release. Beverly will now suit up for the Wolfpack on Tuesday night against Bryant.

Beverly missed the first two games of the season for NC State, as he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA after transferring from Ohio State following the firing of head coach Thad Matta. He was first ruled by the NCAA to be forced to sit out his freshman year as a redshirt, eligible to return in 2018-19, but has had track reversed.

It’s not as if his absence slowed NC State down, as they throttled VMI and Charleston Southern in their first two games of the season. Through those two games, six different members of the Wolfpack are averaging in double figures. Their first major challenge comes on Nov. 22 when they take on the No. 3-ranked Arizona Wildcats.

Beverly, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2016 out of Hargrave Military Academy, by way of Hazard, Ky. His commitment, and then transfer, is not the first time he has gone through the process; Beverly committed to the Miami RedHawks in September 2015, before flipping to the Buckeyes in October 2016.

He received offers from other Power 5 conference programs including West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, and Alabama.

Without Beverly or Matta, Ohio State has opened the 2017-18 season with a 2-0 record in what is Chris Holtmann’s first season on the job since arriving from Butler.

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  1. Christian

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Bless him! So Happy for that kid! He deserved this win. Thank God, he never gave up fighting for his rights. He did nothing wrong and was being punished by the NCAA anyway. Unacceptable!!! When you discipline a kid just for going to school and taking classes, there is something wrong with your policies. Thank Goodness, the NCAA finally saw the light and Braxton scored his first collegiate points! Something tells me this entire experience has provided a tremendous opportunity for growth spiritually and mentally for Braxton. He’ll come out on the court for his next game full of confidence, determination, and courage, knowing he has what it takes inside himself to overcome all obstacles. Future power player on the horizon!

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