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NCAA reverses ruling, grants NC State's Braxton Beverly immediate eligibility

The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) — By Steve Wiseman The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.)

Nov. 14-- RALEIGH, N.C.-Better late than never for Braxton Beverly.

After the NCAA twice ruled him ineligible to play for N.C. State 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.

N.C. State spokesman Fred Demarest said the school received word that the NCAA had ruled in N.C. State's favor on its request to reconsider its earlier rulings that Beverly would have to sit out one season as an undergraduate transfer.

"We are grateful that the NCAA agreed to reconsider Braxton's appeal and reversed the original decision, resulting in Braxton's immediate eligibility," N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said. "it was the right choice for a young man caught in a difficult situation not of his own making."

The NCAA released a statement on its official Twitter account, 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 at Ohio State last May and took summer classes for one month before that school fired basketball coach Thad Matta. Beverly left school and transferred to N.C. State in July. N.C State's waiver to bypass the undergraduate transfer rule was denied by the NCAA in October and the school's appeal was also denied.

The school hired attorney Scott Tompsett to work on Beverly's behalf and a request to reconsider the decision was filed last week. 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. On Tuesday, the NCAA informed NC State that it had not only met the threshold that the information was new, but that the denial decision had been reversed to allow Beverly to play immediately.

"Braxton is absolutely thrilled with the NCAA's decision to make him immediately eligible to compete for NC State this season," Tompsett said in a statement. "He'll be suited up and ready to play in tonight's game against Bryant. Braxton wants to thank the NCAA for carefully considering NC State's Request for Reconsideration and permitting him to play this season. He is very grateful.

"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. Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"

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