NCAA grants Braxton Beverly immediate eligibility

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After the NCAA twice ruled him ineligible to play for the N.C. State Wolfpack this season, the freshman guard was granted immediate eligibility on Tuesday and will be in uniform for the Wolfpack's game with Bryant Tuesday night at PNC Arena. Spokeswoman Stacey Osburn declined to comment beyond the statement, which said the NCAA had granted Beverly a transfer waiver based on "additional information".

Braxton wants to thank the NCAA for carefully considering NC State's Request for Reconsideration and permitting him to play this season. N.C. State asked the university to reconsider the ruling.

Beverly enrolled in two summer classes at Ohio State, but four weeks later, longtime coach Matta was let go by the Buckeyes. 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. He is very grateful. "Braxton is ready to compete for the N.C. State Wolfpack!"

Beverly, a 6-foot shooting guard, committed to Ohio State past year out of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., where he averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals after moving there from Kentucky. He took a summer class, causing the NCAA to deny him eligibility for one year initially. The school said the NCAA denied that appeal October 30 - Beverly was allowed to practice - then recently submitted a request for the NCAA to reconsider its position yet again.

Last week, Beverly retained an attorney, and the school resubmitted the waiver to play this season.

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