NCAA Grants NC State's Braxton Beverly Eligibility

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Former Perry Central Commodore Braxton Beverly is eligible to play basketball, NCAA officials announced on Twitter Tuesday. Spokeswoman Stacey Osburn declined to comment beyond the statement, which said the NCAA had granted Beverly a transfer waiver based on "additional information".

Scott Tompsett said in a statement that Beverly, a freshman guard from Hazard, Ky., will be in uniform for the Wolfpack's game Tuesday vs. Bryant College.

The NCAA finally acceded to NC State, Braxton Beverly and public sentiment. According to NCAA bylaws, N.C. State had to file new information which wasn't initially available in order for the decision to be reconsidered. Wolfpack assistant A.W. Hamilton coached Beverly last season at Hargrave. He chose to transfer two weeks later with a full release from Ohio State and a letter of endorsement from Matta to the NCAA.

Beverly committed to coach Thad Matta and Ohio State past year, and enrolled at the school early. But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman.

Beverly left Ohio State for N.C. State after OSU fired Thad Matta in June. However, Beverly then hired a lawyer and submitted a final request for reconsideration to the NCAA, resulting in his immediate eligibility.

N.C. State announced October 13 that its initial request for Beverly's eligibility was denied, and it appealed that decision 10 days later.

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