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.
Based on additional information, NCAA staff reconsidered and granted NC State’s transfer waiver request for Braxton Beverly, allowing him to compete immediately.
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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.