Claudia Tucker

This week's Athlete of the Week is Lee-Scott senior Claudia Tucker, who plays point and shooting guard for the Warriors

The Auburn Villager: When did you start playing basketball?

Claudia Tucker: I've always liked it. We had PeeWee and Termite here, and I really liked it so I just kept playing it. My dad played, and he always wanted me to play, too. 

AV: Did you have a role model in basketball growing up?

CT: When I was in eighth grade, there was a senior. He name was Bre', and I really looked up to her. 

AV: What did you look up to her for?

CT: The way she played and how she hustled and just her sportsmanship and Christianity. 

AV: Do you usually play point guard or shooting guard, and which position do you like playing more?

CT" I play point guard mostly. I like being point guard, but that's also a lot of struggle if they're pressing.

AV: What's the biggest challenge to playing point guard?

CF: If they're pressing and get through people and having to keep your dribble. 

AV: How has it been stepping into leadership role as a senior?

CT: Me and Jamey (Joseph), we've been together since eighth grade. We got pulled up to varsity, so me and her have tried to be really good leaders for the team and tried to get everyone ready for the big games.

AV: How has the season been going so far?

CT: It's good. We've lost one game, a pretty big game, and we play them again on Thursday, so we're going to try to win that game and just keep going just keep winning. 

AV: That's the match-up against Glenwood? How do you approach a big rivalry game like that?

CT: Just stay focused and practice really good.

AV: Do you play any other sports?

CT: I do track and I'm a cheerleader. 

AV: What do you run in track?

CT: I run the 400 and the 200. 

AV: How long have you been running track and what do you like about it?

CT: Since seventh grade. I guess I've always been real fast. They told me to run, and I did, and I just haven't stopped. I used to run cross-country, too, but that was a little harder.

AV: Have you set your plans for after you graduate yet?

CT: It's pretty much settled. I'm probably going to go to Southern Union for the first two years and then transfer to Auburn. 

AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?

CT: I play the guitar sometimes. 

AV: What kind of music do you like to play?

CT: Well, I used to take lessons, and he would teach me songs and do the chords. I just remember those and keep singing those. And Christian songs — they're easy.

Q: When did you start playing?

I was about 6. 

Interview by Brian Woodham


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