NC State men’s basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced the signing of guard Braxton Beverly to a financial aid agreement Friday. Beverly will join the Wolfpack basketball program for the 2017-18 season.
“I am excited to have Braxton join our program,” Keatts said. “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.”
Beverly spent the last two seasons at Hargrave Military Academy playing for the post-graduate team. He was a two-year captain for the Tigers as the achieved a 90-3 record across his two seasons. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals in his first season at Hargrave to help lead the team to the 2016 National Prep Championship with a record of 47-1. In his final season with the Tigers, Beverly led the team to a 43-2 record and a Final Four appearance in the National Prep Championship.
The sharp-shooting guard set the Hargrave post-graduate single game scoring record with 70 points in the Tigers’ 131-86 win over Genesis Academy on February 12, 2016. Beverly connected on 14-of-20 three-pointers in the game and added six assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Prior to joining Hargrave, Beverly starred at Perry County Central High School in his hometown of Hazard, Ky. Beverly started playing varsity basketball as a seventh grader at Perry County Central, averaging 23 points per game in the Kentucky state tournament that season before becoming a full-time starter on varsity in eighth grade. He averaged 24.6 points and seven assists per game as a junior to lead his school to a runner-up finish in the 14th Region. He left Perry County Central after his junior year with 2,558 career points, just 17 shy of the school record and also had accumulated 743 assists in his high school career with Perry County which ranked sixth in Kentucky state history.