Information from Arizona’s media relations department contributed to this report:
Sam Thomas continues to bring in the academic awards as she was named a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American on Friday morning. She is Arizona’s first Academic All-American since 1986 and joins Aliyah Boston, Kailey Coffey, Vivian Gray, and Lexie Hull on the first team.
Thomas has been a superstar in the classroom in her four years at Arizona. Just this year, she became Arizona’s first Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also won the Elite90 Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating in the Final Four.
The incoming fifth-year is a two-time Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll selection and was also on the 2019 Pac-12 All-Academic First Team. Along with this year, Thomas was on the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.
On the court, Thomas was a pivotal piece to Arizona’s first Final Four team this past year. She was named All-Pac-12 and made her second-straight appearance on the Pac-12 All-Defense team. She enters next season as the Pac-12’s active leader in both steals and blocks.
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