Report States Beverley Headed Overseas

FAYETTEVILLE — Patrick Beverley is reportedly ready to collect paychecks for his play on the basketball court.

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.

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