Davenport’s appeal process set to begin on Tuesday

Published 9:06 pm Friday, December 7, 2018

The first stage of Charles Henderson basketball player Maori Davenport’s appeal process is set to begin on Tuesday morning in Troy.

It was announced earlier this week that Davenport was ineligible to play due to receiving payment after representing Team USA in the FIBA Americus U18 Tournament in Mexico City this summer.

“The Alabama High School Athletic Association has deemed her ineligible,” Kelley said on Monday. “Right now, we are in the preliminary stage of the appeals process. We feel like we have a good case to appeal.”

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That process will begin on Tuesday morning when a four-man committee visits Troy.

“They’re going to meet with me to hear the appeal,” Kelley said. “They can overturn it or they can uphold the ineligibility.

If, however, the committee decides to overturn the ineligibility, the process will continue.

“If they uphold the decision of the Alabama High School Association then the appeal process is over,” Kelley said. “If they overturn it, then it goes back up to the athletic association.”

The athletic association will then decide whether they want to overturn that decision or take it the AHSAA Central Board of Control.

Davenport has missed the last four games for the Trojans. The Trojans have won all four games without Davenport in the lineup.

“We are still taking it one day at a time, and even without Maori it is still five-on-five out there,” said Trojan head coach Dyneshia Jones following Thursday’s win over Dothan. “Our girls are going to keep pushing. It’s hard on our girls with the situation with Maori, but they understand regardless they have got to keep fighting. We are pushing for her.”

The Trojans will be back in action on Monday when they travel to take on Dothan.