NC State’s Braxton Beverly ruled ineligible

North Carolina State's Braxton Beverly poses for a photograph during the NCAA college basketball team's media day in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
AP Photo/Gerry Broome

North Carolina State will be without a key member of its 2017 recruiting class. On Friday, the NCAA officially ruled that freshman point guard Braxton Beverly was ineligible to play this season because he took classes at Ohio State this summer before officially joining the Wolfpack.

As a result, the NCAA has decided that he’s subject to playing restrictions normally associated with any undergraduate student-athlete who transfers schools.

“I’m devastated by this decision, it’s incredibly unfair,” Beverly said in a statement released by the school, per The News & Observer. “I appreciate N.C. State and the work being done here to appeal this decision. My hope is that it gets resolved and I can be eligible to play this season.”

North Carolina State is appealing the NCAA’s ruling.

Beverly, a three-star recruit from who attended Hargrave Military Academy for the past two years, originally committed to Ohio State. He even took summer classes on campus before head coach Thad Matta was fired in June, at which point the 6-0, 180-pounder reopened his recruitment. Beverly signed with the Wolfpack in late July with hopes that North Carolina State’s waiver for his immediate eligibility would be approved by the NCAA.

It is also worth noting that such news comes amid a similarly confounding decision by the NCAA regarding the Wolfpack’s chief in-state rival. On Friday, the Division 1 Infractions Committee elected against levying any official punishment against the University of North Carolina for offering “fake” classes that had a majority enrollment of student-athletes.

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  1. Christian

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

    The hypocrisy of Braxton Beverly’s ineligibility at the hands of the NCAA is a real head scratcher, especially when you consider the pardoning of the University of North Carolina’s basketball program and student athletes for their participation in “easy A” classes. Granted they (UNC) have now made monumental efforts to grant all students that took these classes restitution and the ability to retake these classes at any time, gratis, it’s confounding to try to rationalize how the NCAA can do the right thing with UNC but then turn around and punish a freshman kid whose only mistake was that he signed with a school that he had second thoughts about attending after he arrived at the school. He committed no misdemeanor here. He actually got an education by taking course work towards his degree. So now you(the NCAA) punish him for working towards his education??? He didn’t play any basketball for the school. He got educated over the summer. Hopefully, once the NCAA reads NC STATE’S appeal, they’ll come to the conclusion that they shouldn’t punish a child for doing the right things for his life.

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