NCAA grants Beverly immediate eligibility


Beverly is a 6-foot guard from Kentucky who attended Hargrave Military Academy - the prep school NC State coach Kevin Keatts led from 1999 to 2001, and also from 2003 to 2011.

Beverly enrolled in two summer classes at Ohio State, but four weeks later, longtime coach Matta was let go by the Buckeyes.

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.

NC State faces Bryant Tuesday night at 7 PNC Arena, but it is unclear if Beverly will see action. The NCAA said it had granted Beverly a transfer waiver based on "additional information", though NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn declined to comment Tuesday beyond the statement.

The NCAA issued a statement announcing the decision Tuesday, less than two hours before the Wolfpack hosted Bryant. Beverly brought in Tompsett to aid in that effort.

"Braxton also appreciates the public support he's received from so many people across the country and the media outlets that have reported on his case". He chose to transfer two weeks later with a full release from Ohio State and a letter of endorsement from Matta to the NCAA. "Braxton is ready to compete for the N.C. State Wolfpack!" However, Beverly then hired a lawyer and submitted a final request for reconsideration to the NCAA, resulting in his immediate eligibility. "It was the right choice for a young man caught in a hard situation not of his own making".