With Meagan Tucker having amassed the most impressive statistics in the history of Alcovy girls' basketball, it's safe to say her coach Kidada Holtzclaw has significant influence over her game.
As Tucker, an upcoming senior, committed to her next educational institution it's safe to say Holtzclaw didn't completely inflict her influence.
The Tigers' star point guard was spending her offseason sorting through her many collegiate offers before Auburn came down to see her play. After one look, the SEC program decided Tucker was the choice for them and immediately offered her a scholarship.
Tucker accepted, setting up not only her future but a new rivalry and a new fashion choice. While Auburn shirts are definitely within Alcovy's dress code, it comes at the chagrin of Holtzclaw, an Alabama graduate.
"It's a little bitter sweet," joked Holtzclaw, who played for Alabama from 1994-98, and was a part of four Sweet 16 appearances.
Despite being used to rooting against Auburn, Holtzclaw is very pleased with Tucker's decision and excited about her future.
"I really think this will be great opportunity for her and them as well to get a good quality player," Holtzclaw said. "Auburn was the offer she was waiting for. As soon as the new Auburn coach (Terry Williams) saw her, they offered her right away."
Tucker will look to bring her scoring proficiency to the Tigers after leading Alcovy to the final four in her junior season. In 2011-12, Tucker scored more than 500 points, averaging 15.6 a game.
"She's been our leader," Holtzclaw said. "Her role as a scorer improved greatly. She's just a tremendous player with a tremendous work ethic. She hits the weights really hard and has become very dedicated."
Auburn finished 13-17 during coach Nell Fortner's final year in 2011-12, and are looking for a fresh start under former Georgetown coach, Williams.
"I think she liked where that program is going as far as improving," Holtzclaw said. "Obviously the fact that it's in the SEC - in the best conference in the country, in my opinion, as far as women's basketball goes - is a bonus."