Alabama judge allows Maori Davenport to play high school basketball as court considers lawsuit

An Alabama judge granted an emergency motion Friday that will allow Maori Davenport to play while the court considers a lawsuit filed by her parents against the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its director, Steve Savarese.

The motion will allow Davenport, who had been ruled ineligible thus far this season, to return to the court for Charles Henderson (Ala.) High School's game against Carroll High School on Friday night, according to her family's lawyer, Carl Cole.

The news came less than 24 hours after Davenport's parents filed a lawsuit in Pike County Circuit Court on Thursday, marking the latest twist in a story that has garnered national headlines in recent weeks.

Davenport, the No. 15 recruit in ESPN's 2019 rankings, was suspended several months ago after USA Basketball mistakenly sent her a check for $857.20 following her participation in a FIBA U18 tournament. Believing the money did not violate AHSAA regulations, Davenport deposited the check in August. A few months later, when she learned it would jeopardize her eligibility, she repaid the money.

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