The NCAA’s ruling that North Carolina didn’t violate academic rules may have gotten all the attention, but it wasn’t the only decision handed down by the NCAA on Friday.
A few hours later, it was announced that N.C. State freshman basketball player Braxton Beverly has been deemed ineligible for the 2017-2018 season.
Beverly, a 6-foot guard from Hazard, Ky., originally signed with Ohio State. According to this story by Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer, Beverly arrived on campus and began classes there this summer, but when the Buckeyes parted ways with longtime coach Thad Matta, he sought to play elsewhere. New Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann gave Beverly a release from his commitment, allowing him to do so.
The snag resulted because Beverly attended classes at Ohio State this summer. That led him to be considered a transfer student, not an incoming freshman. NCAA rules require student-athletes that transfer within Division 1 to sit out a year.
Basically, the NCAA ruled, if Beverly hadn’t taken a class at Ohio State, he would not have had any issues with changing schools and could play this season.
N.C. State has announced that they plan to appeal the ruling.
“I’m devastated by this decision, it’s incredibly unfair,” Beverly said in a statement, which was released by the school. “I appreciate N.C. State and the work being done here to appeal this decision. My hope is that it gets resolved and I can be eligible to play this season.”
Regardless of whether nor not Beverly is reinstated for this season or has to sit out, he will have four years of eligibility remaining for the Wolfpack.
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