Maori Davenport's parents file lawsuit against Steve Savarese and AHSAA - ESPN
Espn.com - Fri 11 Jan 16:26 GMT

Maori Davenport's parents file lawsuit against Steve Savarese and AHSAA - ESPN

After a long stalemate with the AHSAA, the family of Maori Davenport is hoping a judge restores her basketball eligibility.

  The parents of embattled Alabama high school basketball player Maori Davenport have filed a lawsuit against the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its director, Steve Savarese, hoping to clear the way for Davenport to return to the court.

  Davenport, a senior at Charles Henderson in Troy, Alabama, was ruled ineligible by Savarese and the AHSAA for depositing an $857.20 stipend check from USA Basketball after playing for the U-18 team in August.

  The AHSAA says Davenport violated Alabama's amateurism rules when she deposited the check.

  Davenport repaid USA Basketball in full as soon as she was made aware of the mistake by USA Basketball in November.

  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.