Wolfpack freshman guard Braxton Beverly was ruled ineligible by the NCAA to play basketball as the season began
Braxton Beverly is 0 for 2 with the NCAA.
The freshman guard on N.C. State’s basketball team lost his appeal with the NCAA on Monday. Under NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out the 2017-18 season.
“Disappointed would be an understatement for how I feel for Braxton, he’s devastated,” N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said in a statement released by the school. “This is a situation where adults failed a young man and he's the one paying the price.”
The problems for Beverly, a 6-foot guard, started when he took classes at Ohio State in May. The Buckeyes then fired coach Thad Matta in June and Beverly asked for his release.
New Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann gave Beverly his release and Matta even wrote the NCAA a letter to support Beverly’s case. Beverly followed his prep coach, A.W. Hamilton, from Hargrave Military Academy to N.C. State.
The NCAA ruled since Beverly started classes at Ohio State, he was technically an undergraduate transfer. Undergraduate transfers need a waiver to play immediately. The NCAA denied Beverly that waiver on Oct. 13, which caused an outcry among N.C. State fans.
N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts had been hopeful that Beverly, a good 3-point shooter, would be able to win the appeal, but it was considered a long shot.
Beverly joins transfers C.J. Bryce (UNC-Wilmington) and Devon Daniels (Utah) who will sit out this season. Under NCAA rules, Beverly will still have four years of eligibility.
A three-star prospect by 247 Sports, Beverly averaged 20.3 points and 7.1 assists in leading Hargrave to a 90-3 record the past two seasons.
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