NCAA reverses decision, NC State's Braxton Beverly eligible to play

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After the NCAA ruled Beverly ineligible, NC State filed two appeals that were swiftly denied.

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

The NCAA recently denied an appeal, leading to the school's request for reconsideration last week. Eventually, he decided that without Matta, Columbus was not where he wanted to be and headed to N.C. State.

The NCAA issued a statement announcing the decision Tuesday, less than two hours before the Wolfpack hosted Bryant.

The NCAA said Beverly can "compete immediately", which means he'll suit up against Bryant at PNC Arena.

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The NCAA has reversed its decision and will allow N.C. State freshman point guard Braxton Beverly to play immediately.

Beverly committed to coach Thad Matta and Ohio State a year ago, and enrolled at the school early. Beverly's case centered around the fact he took summer courses at Ohio State before a late coaching change prompted him to seek his release and ultimately join the Wolfpack. "Braxton is ready to compete for the N.C. State Wolfpack!"

It worked this time.

The announcement ends a monthslong process of waiver requests and appeals after Beverly, an incoming freshman, made a decision to transfer from Ohio State after Thad Matta's abrupt firing this summer. The Buckeyes eventually moved to fire Matta, but not until June when Beverly had been already attending classes.

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