RALEIGH, N.C. — It was an interesting Friday the 13th for the NCAA.
On a day where the NCAA let off the North Carolina Tar Heels, seemingly without a scratch on their basketball program for academic violations from over two years ago, a player was deemed ineligible for attending classes prior to transferring in the summer.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The NCAA didn’t hand out any sanctions to North Carolina for arranging ‘paper classes’, as they provided benefit to the entire student body, but said a player isn’t eligible to play due to attending summer school classes before transferring.
Freshman guard Braxton Beverly had originally committed to Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes out of high school. Back in May, he enrolled in summer classes at the university, along with other student-athletes.
Then, Matta left the program.
Beverly followed suit shortly thereafter, receiving his release from the Buckeyes. He committed to the NC State Wolfpack and new head coach Kevin Keatts, who has ties to Beverly’s high school, Hargrave Military Academy (VA).
He was expected to play for the Wolfpack this season, but due to the fact that he attended classes at Ohio State before transferring and enrolling at NC State, the NCAA considers Beverly to be a transferring freshman, making him ineligible this season.
Beverly released a statement on the situation, and his plans to appeal the decision:
“I’m devastated by this decision, it’s incredibly unfair. 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.” – Braxton Beverly
Beverly is the second of two freshmen who transferred to the Wolfpack before playing a game for their first school. Lavar Batts had committed to the VCU Rams, but since he didn’t enroll in any classes, he is eligible to suit up immediately in 2017-18.
On a day in which the NCAA let an entire program off the hook for placing student-athletes in ‘paper classes’, they deem one student ineligible for attending actual classes.
– T. Bennett