NCAA grants Beverly immediate eligibility

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Beverly originally committed to play at Ohio State, a program that's fallen off a cliff in the past few years.

College basketball's governing body reversed itself and has declared the freshman eligible to play this season, starting with the Wolfpack's game Tuesday night against Bryant. 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 tweeted out its decision saying, "Based on additional information, NCAA staff reconsidered and granted NC State's transfer waiver request for Braxton Beverly, allowing him to compete immediately".

Beverly enrolled in two summer classes at Ohio State, but four weeks later, longtime coach Matta was let go by the Buckeyes. N.C State's waiver to bypass the undergraduate transfer rule was denied the NCAA in October and the school's appeal was also denied.

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In a statement, Beverly's attorney, Scott Tompsett, said Beverly is "absolutely thrilled" by the ruling and thanked the NCAA for reconsidering its initial stance.

The NCAA finally acceded to NC State, Braxton Beverly and public sentiment.

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

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. Wolfpack assistant A.W. Hamilton coached Beverly last season at Hargrave.

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