Finalist Sam Thomas of Arizona for the Senior CLASS award

Sam Thomas (pictured Arizona Athletics)

Information provided by the Arizona Media Relations Department contributed to this report

Arizona standout Sam Thomas was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS award on Thursday morning.

The award is given to the student-athlete who excels the most on and off the field.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS award focuses on the student-athlete spectrum and encourages students to use their sports platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Thomas currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage (.468) and assist-to-rotation ratio (3:1). The Las Vegas native also ranks 10and on Arizona’s career scoring list with 1,316 points and is the Pac-12 career leader in steals with 247.

She was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, Elite 90 Award winner, and 2021 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. Earlier this year, Thomas was named the 17and Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup awarded to the most outstanding role models among student-athletes.

The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 30 male and 30 female candidates announced earlier in the season. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS award website until March 21. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS award winners will be announced at the 2022 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and Women’s Final Four®.

2021-22 Women’s Basketball Finalists

Name Position School

Elissa Cunane C State NC

Naz Hillmon F Michigan

Rhyne Howard G Kentucky

Lexie Hull G Stanford

Morgan Jones G Florida State

Sonya Morris G. DePaul

Ali Patberg G Indiana

NaLyssa Smith F Baylor

Sam Thomas F Arizona

Macee Williams F/C IUPUI






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