NCAA declares NC State's Beverly eligible

Mar 21 2015 Pittsburgh PA USA A general view of an official logo on the court prior to the game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Villanova Wildcats in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournamentat Consol Energy Center. Mandatory Cred

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Beverly attended summer school at Ohio State this past summer and then transferred to NC State after former Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was sacked in early June. 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.

The NCAA has cleared Beverly to play immediately after reconsidering an ineligibility ruling tied to summer courses the freshman took at Ohio State. But that triggered the NCAA designation as an undergraduate transfer as opposed to an incoming freshman.

"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", Tompsett said.

"Through all of this, I am still happy with the decision to come to NC State".

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Whatever that new information is, it helped the NCAA arrive at a decision that almost every single observer of the sport has called for in Beverly's situation. Beverly was taking summer school classes when Matta was let go. But the school suddenly fired coach Thad Matta on June 5 and later hired Butler's Chris Holtmann, leading Beverly to obtain his release and sign with the Wolfpack in July.

Based off the NCAA's tweet, the Ohio State transfer is eligible to play Tuesday vs. Bryant.

It may have taken the NCAA awhile to get to this decision - and that time cost Beverly two games to star N.C. State's season - but ultimately, it's hard to see how the final decision was anything but the correct one.

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