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Braxton Beverly Granted Release, Derek Funderburk Dismissed

Chris Holtmann ESPN Ohio State Basketball

It has been an eventful first month on the job for Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann. That “excitement” continued on Friday with the announcement from OSU that incoming freshman guard Braxton Beverly had requested and been granted his release, and that redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk had been dismissed from the program.

Funderburk had previously been suspended for “failure to meet team expectations”, and that was also the reason given for his dismissal.

Regarding Beverly, Ohio State released the following statement.

Braxton Beverly, a freshman on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, asked for and has been granted his release from the program, Chris Holtmann, Ohio State first-year head coach, announced Friday.

The Ohio State men’s basketball program wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

The Ohio State basketball roster now features just nine players:

Kaleb Wesson, freshman center
Kyle Young, freshman forward
Micah Potter, sophomore center
Jae’Sean Tate, senior forward
C.J. Jackson, junior guard
Joey Lane, junior guard
Kam Williams, senior guard
Andre Wesson, sophomore forward
Keita Bates-Diop, junior forward

Holtmann and his staff are working to add more players to the 2017-2018 Buckeye basketball team, but at the moment the numbers are going in the wrong direction.

[Update: Beverly released a statement via Twitter.]

[Chris Holtmann photo courtesy ESPN.com]

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