Davenport heading to U.S. Trials

Published 8:46 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019

For the second consecutive summer, Charles Henderson Trojan and future Rutgers Scarlet Knight Maori Davenport will be heading to Colorado to take part in the USA Basketball U19 Team Trials.

Davenport had her dream or playing for her country last summer and she gets another shot at it again.

Davenport was a member of Team USA’s U18 team that won the gold medal in Mexico City last summer. Davenport was named to the all-tournament team.

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Davenport had issues stemming from her role on last year’s team. The Alabama High School Athletic Association deemed Davenport ineligible after she received payment for her time with Team USA. After playing for Charles Henderson High School in a handful of games to start the 2018-2019 season, Davenport was suspended and played in a total of 16 games for the Trojans.

Davenport’s case received national attention when ESPN’s Jay Bilas and NBA player Chris Paul came to Davenport’s defense.

After a lawsuit was filed by the Davenport family, a restraining order was issued, allowing Davenport to play.

Davenport finished the season scoring nearly 14 points per game with 10 rebounds. Davenport signed a scholarship with Rutgers in November.

The Trials in Colorado will take place May 16-19. Davenport will be one of 30 players at the training camp. She will be joined by nine other high school players at the trials. The total group will be cut to 12 players, followed up by another training camp and a competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Team USA will be coached by Louisville’s Jeff Walz.