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NC State adds a player who once scored 70 points in a game to its 2017-18 roster

Parry Co.'s 10- Braxton Beverly scored on a breakaway as Wayne County played Perry County Central in the first round of the PNC/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys' State Basketball Tournament played in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, March 17, 2011.
Parry Co.'s 10- Braxton Beverly scored on a breakaway as Wayne County played Perry County Central in the first round of the PNC/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys' State Basketball Tournament played in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, March 17, 2011. Lexington Herald-Leader

N.C. State’s Kevin Keatts is not done adding to his 2017-18 roster.

The Wolfpack announced Friday that Keatts had signed Braxton Beverly to a financial aid agreement. Beverly is not yet eligible for the 2017-18 season.

“Our compliance office continues to work through Braxton's eligibility status,” Fred Demarest, a spokesperson for N.C. State athletics said.

Beverly had previously signed with Ohio State, but requested a release in June after the school fired head coach Thad Matta. Ohio State granted Beverly’s request. Beverly immediately showed interest in the Wolfpack.

Beverly, a 5-11, 170-pound three-star guard, played for Hargrave Military Academy’s post-graduate team for the past two years. Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy before moving on as an assistant at Louisville. At Hargrave, Beverly played under A.W. Hamilton, now one of N.C. State’s assistant coaches. Keatts hired Hamilton in June.

Beverly averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals in his first season at Hargrave and helped lead the team to the 2016 National Prep Championship. The team finished with a 47-1 record.

During that season, he scored 70 points in a 131-86 win over Genesis Academy, a post-graduate single-game scoring record. Beverly made 14-of-20 3-pointers in the game. He added six assists, four rebounds and four steals.

In his second and last season there, Beverly led the team to a 43-2 record and a Final Four appearance in the National Prep Championship.

“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 N.C. State.”

N.C. State has lost eight players from its 2016-17 roster to either graduation, transfer or early entry into the NBA draft. But it has now added eight players with Beverly’s addition. Three so far are eligible for the 2017-18 season.

Keatts said in a text message he wasn’t sure if he would add another player to the 2017-18 roster.

“It’s possible,” he said.

A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Braxton Beverly was eligible for the 2017-18 season. Beverly is not yet eligible, but could be if cleared as the school's compliance office works through his status.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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