Freshman Braxton Beverly may not be eligible to play this season at North Carolina State, according to The News & Observer’s Joe Giglio.
Beverly, a Class of 2017 recruit, had committed to Ohio State but reopened his recruitment following Thad Matta’s departure. He chose N.C. State last week, providing the Wolfpack with a 3-point threat and depth at the point guard spot.
Beverly, though, had begun taking classes at Ohio State before deciding to change schools, Giglio reported. That would mean Beverly’s move could qualify as a transfer and would force him to sit out the 2017-18 season, according to NCAA rules.
“Our compliance office is working through Braxton’s eligibility status,” Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts wrote in a text message to The News & Observer. If Beverly has to sit out the upcoming season, he would have four years of eligibility remaining beginning next season, according to Giglio.
While players often sign with a school and switch following a coaching change, rarely does a player change in that scenario after beginning classes.
Beverly played the past two seasons at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., for coach A.W. Hamilton, who is now an assistant at N.C. State.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals in his first season at Hargrave, which went 47-1 and won the 2016 National Prep Championship. He followed that up by helping Hargrave to a 43-2 record last season and a Final Four appearance in the National Prep Championship.