Braxton Beverly Cleared by NCAA to Play Immediately

The NCAA did something right! I wrote an article a couple weeks ago ridiculing the NCAA for the way they handled the Braxton Beverly situation. For those that do not know, Beverly originally enrolled at Ohio State when Thad Matta was still the coach. Beverly started taking summer classes, Matta resigned and Beverly looked to transfer. He ended up at NC State, but because he was taking classes in Columbus, was ineligible for this year.

Many people jumped to Beverly’s defense, calling for him to be able to play immediately. The NCAA held there ground however, and denied Beverly’s appeal on two separate occasions. However, thanks to “additional information,” the NCAA reconsidered their decision and granted Beverly his eligibility for the 17-18 season.

“Braxton is absolutely thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to make him immediately eligible to compete for NC State this season,” his attorney, Scott Tompsett, said in a statement. Beverly suited up and was active for tonight’s game versus Bryant. He finished with 2 points on 1-7 shooting, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.

Credit should go to the NCAA in reversing their call. While many will argue the reversal only occurred due to public scrutiny, the fact is that it happened. Whatever the reason behind it was, the NCAA opened their hearts and felt a tiny bit of sympathy for a kid who got thrown a curveball early in his college career.

So for tonight, there’s no NCAA bashing. Instead just happiness that a college freshman gets to play out his dream of playing Division 1 basketball this year.

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