The former Arkansas guard, who the Arkansas athletic department said "will not compete for the Razorbacks in 2008-09" in a news release on Aug. 8, told FOXSports.com on Friday that he planned to play professionally this season. Beverley said he signed with BDA Sports, an agency that represents professional basketball players, and said he would play somewhere outside of the United States.
"I'm going overseas for a year and hopefully I'll be able to come back and get picked in the (NBA) draft," Beverley said. "This was hard because I was working out with the team every day and getting ready for the season."
Beverley also weighed in on the reason that the university deemed him unable to compete in the 2008-09 season for the Razorbacks. Jeff Goodman, FOXSports.com's national college basketball writer, wrote on his blog that Beverley denied he was ineligible because of academic reasons.
Goodman — and two other national college basketball reporters — had earlier reported through anonymous sources that Beverley was ineligible for academic reasons. Beverley, who have been Arkansas' leading returning scorer from last season, said otherwise.
"It had nothing to do with academics," Beverley told Goodman. "I violated NCAA rules and what happened went over the coaches' heads. A lot of people thought it was because of grades, but I go to class every day."
The Morning News hasn't been able to reach Beverley since the university released the news that he wouldn't compete this season. When reached by phone on Friday night, Beverley's mother, Lisa, reacted surprised by the FOXSports.com report and said she'd call back. The Morning News didn't hear back from her. Calls and e-mails to BDA Sports also weren't returned.
Scott Varady, associate general counsel for the university, said the university couldn't respond to Beverley's remarks because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Report States Beverley Headed Overseas
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Weekend Official Visit PrimerScout takes a look at the biggest visitors for the upcoming weekend in the Power 5 conferences...
Scout FootballFriday at 3:30 PM
Curl Feels 'Comfortable' with ArkansasKamren Curl picked Arkansas during a press conference ceremony at Muskogee High School on Thursday.
Scout FootballThursday at 10:22 PM
The Final Scout 300 for 2017Scout releases the Final Scout 300 for the Class of 2017 and Antioch (Calif.) running back Najee Harris ends the year as the No. 1 prospect in the country...
Scout FootballWednesday at 6:30 PM
Nike Football The Opening Regional ScheduleThe schedule for the 2017 Nike Football The Opening Regional Camps for 2017...
Scout 2017 Rankings DirectoryThe Scout positional, state, regional, national and team rankings for the Class of 2017...