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.