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Braxton Beverly cleared to play immediately for NC State

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Walter Blueher

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has cleared North Carolina State's Braxton Beverly to play immediately after reconsidering an ineligibility ruling tied to summer courses the freshman took at Ohio State.

Beverly is a 6-foot guard from Kentucky who attended Hargrave Military Academy - the prep school NC State coach Kevin Keatts led from 1999 to 2001, and also from 2003 to 2011. Will be updated after N.C. State's game against Bryant. But the NCAA twice refused to budge for Beverly, so he hired a lawyer to apply additional pressure on the NCAA.

The NCAA finally acceded to NC State, Braxton Beverly and public sentiment.

Originally, the NCAA ruled Beverly ineligible after transferring from Ohio State University, forcing him to sit out a year due to transfer rules.

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"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 is very grateful", Tompsett said. "Braxton is ready to compete for the N.C. State Wolfpack!"

Beverly left Ohio State for N.C. State after OSU fired Thad Matta in June. He took a summer class, causing the NCAA to deny him eligibility for one year initially. A final request for reconsideration for his eligibility was submitted after the appeal failed.

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

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