After three appeals, NCAA clears State guard Braxton Beverly

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

NC State faces Bryant Tuesday night at 7 p.m.in PNC Arena, but it is unclear if Beverly will see action.

Beverly took two courses at Ohio State before a surprise late coaching change led him to leave. "He is very grateful", Tompsett said.

Beverly was granted a release from the University after then-head coach of the Buckeyes Thad Matta had been relieved of his coaching duties. Therefore the NCAA ruled the four-star point guard would have to sit out the entire 2017-18 season just like any other transfer would. Even though the cases were unrelated, the message was clear: Paper classes were fine but going to summer classes was a cardinal sin.

After a waiver request and subsequent appeal, Beverly was still ineligible. But "based on additional information", the NCAA reconsidered and made the smart, obvious decision.


Beverly, a 5-foot-11 point guard, is a Kentucky native who spent his final two high school seasons starring at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

The announcement ends a monthslong process of waiver requests and appeals after Beverly, an incoming freshman, made a decision to transfer from Ohio State after Thad Matta's abrupt firing this summer.

The transfer rule has been waved a fair amount for extenuating circumstances-all Penn State football players were permitted to transfer and compete right away after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, for example, and the sit-out rule is often waved if a player is moving closer to home to be with a sick loved one. Both Matta and Smith have expressed support for Beverly throughout this process.

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