Former Arizona forward Sam Thomas getting chance with Phoenix Mercury

Apr 21, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.  Phoenix Mercury guard Sam Thomas works out during training camp at Verizon 5G Performance Center.

Sam Thomas experienced numerous memories through her five seasons at Arizona, but one specific memory to her present situation as she aims for a roster spot with the Phoenix Mercury at training camp.  

During Thomas’ freshman year, Diana Taurasi came to watch one of Arizona’s games to support her former UConn teammate and then Arizona assistant coach Morgan Valley. 

“She came to one of our games and sat courtside and I was so starstruck. I was like, Wow, she’s amazing,” Thomas said. “Who knew five years from now I’d be on the same team as her. It’s just crazy how life works,” 

Thomas received the basketball equivalent to a glowing letter of recommendation when Taurasi thought highly of signing the Arizona product to a training camp contract.  

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