NC State loses NCAA appeal for Beverly’s eligibility

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State’s appeal for immediate eligibility for freshman guard Braxton Beverly.

The school announced the NCAA’s decision Monday, more than two weeks after the NCAA had turned down the school’s initial request. The issue centered around the fact that Beverly initially enrolled at Ohio State and took two summer courses before an unexpectedly late coaching change led him to obtain his release and join the Wolfpack by the fall semester.

Taking the classes triggered the NCAA designation that Beverly was an undergraduate transfer — which meant he had to sit out a year before playing elsewhere — as opposed to being considered an incoming recruit.

“Disappointed would be an understatement for how I feel for Braxton, he’s devastated,” first-year coach Kevin Keatts said in a statement issued by the school. “This is a situation where adults failed a young man and he’s the one paying the price.”

The 6-foot guard from Hazard, Kentucky, can practice and will have four years of eligibility, starting with the 2018-19 season.

Beverly talked at the team’s preseason media day in September about the situation, saying he had been in summer school for a few weeks at Ohio State to take a “rural sociology” class as well as online science course for “lifespan and human development.”

But the school suddenly fired coach Thad Matta on June 5 and later hired Butler’s Chris Holtmann. Beverly then received his release and signed in August with N.C. State.

“It can be (tough) if you let it get to you,” Beverly said in September. “But I made this decision to put me in a better place to have a better time while I’m in college. Ultimately I think I made the right decision. Even worst-case scenario, I have to sit out this year, I’m still happy here.”

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

N.C. State athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said Ohio State and Matta had supported Beverly’s request to the NCAA for immediate eligibility with the Wolfpack.

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