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This high school star lost her eligibility because of Team USA’s mistake. The state refuses to budge.

By By Samantha Pell, Washington Post, 01/09/19, 9:30AM EST


Maori Davenport still spends all of her time in the gym. When she’s not in class at Charles Henderson High in Troy, Ala., or answering questions of probing adults at the grocery store, the U-18 Team USA gold medalist is on the court, trying to stay motivated, optimistic for a resolution that may never come.

Since late November, Davenport, a high school basketball star, has been sidelined for her senior season because of a disputed eligibility ruling stemming from a mistaken payment by USA Basketball. The Rutgers commit says she remains hopeful she can play with her high school teammates one last time.