Sam Thomas Column

SAM’S CORNER: Valentine’s Day t-shirt release, on to Washingtons, last game at McKale ahead

Hey Wildcat fans!

Only a few weeks left of Pac-12 play until it’s tournament time. This season has been flying by and I cannot believe it is coming to an end. This week was rivalry week and we came out with a split which is not what we wanted but we will take it. It is always hard to win on the road against your rival and we did not play our normal defense. Luckily, when we came back to Tucson we protected our house and beat ASU. Next week, we head to the Washingtons and after that it’s one more home week.

We will play the L.A. schools on Thursday and Saturday in two weeks. I am hoping to get more than 10,000 fans because it will possibly be my last time playing in McKale in conference play. There will be many emotions but I am excited to be surrounded by my family. My older sister and possibly my brother will be at the game and they have never seen me play in McKale yet. Of course, Lucas will be there as well and maybe we can convince them to let Proxy out on the court with me.


One new activity that I have picked up is playing ‘Wordle.’ if you have never heard of it, I highly recommend playing. It is a nice quick little game to get your mind thinking. Once a day, there is a new five-letter word and you have to guess the word. When the letter is green it means you got the right letter in the right spot. If the letter is yellow then you guessed the right letter but it’s in the wrong spot. I play it every morning, but sometimes I can’t wait that long and I will wait until midnight hits to play.

Sam Thomas’ new Valentine’s Day t-shirt. With every purchase, Sam will donate 10% to Boys & Girls Club.

A few updates on the merch and camps. We will be releasing a new shirt on Valentine’s Day today! We will also be doing the camp after season now, just so there is less conflict with possible practice times. Once everything is finalized I will be sure to get the information out so everyone can see. I appreciate everyone who has purchased the merch so far. I love being tagged on social media with all the pictures of the merch coming in. I have signed a few shirts after the games and it makes me so happy every time I get to sign the merch!

This super senior season has been a crazy journey so far and I am so glad I got to come back for my fifth year. Also, I am only 22 and will still be 22 by the time I graduate so although I have been here for forever, I am not as old as Dominique McBryde was. I heard she’s going to be 30 this year. Just kidding nique nique, miss you!

Sam Thomas is a senior leader with Adia Barnes’ program returning for her fifth season in 2021-22 as granted by the NCAA because of last season impacted by COVID-19 protocol. She has agreed to write a weekly column at Her honors at Arizona include:

2021 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
2021 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
Elite 90 Award Winner
2021 All-Pac-12
2020 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
2020 & 2021 Pac-12 All-Defense
2020 & 2021 Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll
2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
2019 Pac-12 All-Academic First Team
2018 Pac-12 All-Freshman
2018 Arizona Athletics Female Freshman of the Year

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