A rookie from Rutgers University spends its last high school season after a USA Basketball mistake that led to being declared ineligible by the state association.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Maori Davenport is ranked 15th in the ranking espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the promotion of 2019 and signed in November to play college football at Rutgers. After four games with Charles Henderson High School in Troy, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) contacted Davenport to tell her that she was not eligible for the rest of the game. the year after inadvertently accepting money playing for Team USA during the summer. Maiden Davenport is 15th in the Top 100 espopW HoopGurlz for the 2019 promotion and signed in November to play college football at Rutgers After four games with Charles Henderson High School in Troy Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) contacted Davenport to tell her that she was not eligible for the remainder of the year after inadvertently accepting money while that. She played for Team USA during the summer.

Davenport leads the US team to victory

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She has been named in the team of all FIBA ​​Americas tournaments with an average of 7.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

USA Basketball pays its players an allowance check to cover costs such as lost wages and job opportunities for those who no longer have high school eligibility. For those high school, whose 2018 team had three players, the organization contacted the state association.

Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm "type =" text "content =" Davenport received a check for 857.20 USD, according to ESPNand dropped it off thinking it was "legitimate" because it came from USA Basketball. Data-reactid = "28"> Davenport received a check for $ 857.20, according to ESPN, and filed it thinking it was "legit" because it came from USA Basketball. calling AHSAA to verify its regulations.

Innocent error

USA Basketball acknowledged his mistake by sending the check and contacted the school and the AHSAA. Davenport returned the money, but the AHSAA declared it ineligible on November 30 and suspended it on two appeals to each of the district and central councils.

USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller told ESPN that the organization was "disappointed" with this decision and said that he had never seen such a thing happen since 29. years.

"We did not realize [Davenport] there was only eligibility left in high school, and that was absolutely our fault, "Miller told ESPN

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Missing chances

Davenport led his high school at the state championship in 2018, winning the MVP title, but will not have the chance to do it again. She averaged 18.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.1 blocks and 1.7 assists per game.

She will also miss the opportunity to become a McDonald's All-American and win the Alabama Miss Basketball honor.

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Maybe something good can come out of it. Maybe the rule is changed. It may not help me, but I do not want it to happen to another athlete.

Her eligibility at Rutgers is not in play, but she will lose an entire season of play as well as the special moments that accompany a senior campaign.

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