Braxton Beverly has found a new school with a familiar face. The former Ohio State signee has officially signed with N.C. State, where he will be reunited with A.W. Hamilton, his prior coach at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy.
It’s the final stop in what has been a tumultuous recruiting process for the Hazard, Kentucky, product, who initially committed to Miami University in high school but opted to re-open his recruitment after signing with the Redhawks. Ohio State coach Thad Matta was among a few coaches to act quickly and, after hosting him for an official visit last fall, signed him to the Buckeyes for the class of 2017 while Beverly played a postgraduate season at Hargrave.
Beverly then enrolled at Ohio State and was going through workouts when Matta was fired, and shortly after Chris Holtmann was named the new coach Beverly was granted his release from the program. While previously at Butler, Holtmann had expressed interest in Beverly but ultimately opted not to offer a scholarship.
In the meantime, Hamilton was named as an assistant on Kevin Keatts’ staff with the Wolfpack. Keatts, too, has ties to Hargrave, having coached there before Hamilton.
“I am excited to have Braxton join our program,” Keatts said in a statement. “Braxton can really stretch the floor with his shooting ability and is tremendous coming off ball screens. He's been at one of the premier prep schools in the country for the last two years, and will be an asset both on and off the floor for us here at NC State.”
As a prep senior, Beverly averaged 20.1 points and 6.4 assists per game while leading Hargrave to a national championship and a 47-1 record while playing alongside also-former Ohio State signee Derek Funderburk. He also scored a school-record 70 points in one game.
ESPN ranked the 6-0, 180-pound Beverly as a four-star point guard prospect after his post-graduate season.