Former Arizona striker Sam Thomas gets a chance with Phoenix Mercury

April 21, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Mercury US guard Sam Thomas trains during bootcamp at the Verizon 5G Performance Center.

Sam Thomas has had many memories during her five seasons in Arizona, but one memory is definite for her current situation as she was aiming for a spot on the roster with the Phoenix Mercury at training camp.

During Thomas’ first year, Diana Torassi came to watch an Arizona game to support her former Yukon teammate and Arizona assistant coach Morgan Valley.

“I attended one of our matches and sat on the field and was so amazed. Who knew five years from now I would be on her team,” Thomas said. It’s crazy how life goes

Thomas received the basketball equivalent of a glowing letter of recommendation when Taurasi strongly believed in signing an Arizona producer to a training camp contract.