Maori Davenport's unfair suspension by the Alabama High School Athletic Association has drawn national attention and support from Rutgers basketball coach Vivian Stringer, NBA star DeMarcus Cousins, and others such as Billie Jean King and Kobe Bryant. Now an Alabama judge has temporarily reinstated the eligibility of the suspended girls prep basketball player.
Pike County Circuit Judge Sonny Reagan on Friday issued an order stopping the Alabama High School Athletic Association from disqualifying Davenport until the court rules on a complaint filed by the teen's parents.
Davenport, a senior at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama, and a Rutgers signee, was suspended for her final season by state high school officials after playing for USA Basketball last summer.
USA Basketball sent her an $857.20 check for "lost wages" after she played in a tournament in Mexico last summer. The money inadvertently violated AHSAA's amateur rule.
Davenport's family repaid the money, but the teen was told she could not play.
Davenport, a 6-foot-4 forward/center, is the No. 15 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2019 class and helped lead her high school team to a state championship in 2018. She has committed to play at Rutgers University next year.