5 Sam Merrill
Sam  Merrill


Bountiful, Utah

High School:
Bountiful HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 210



Utah State at Wyoming (USATSI)

Utah State at Wyoming


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Utah State vs. San Diego State

Jan. 14, 2017

HONORS: Third team all-Mountain West (2018)... Academic All-Mountain West (2017)... Whitesides Scholar-Athlete (2017).

2017-18 SEASON (SO): Named third-team all-Mountain West... Was the only Aggie to appear and start in all 34 games during the season... Played in 1,202 minutes, the fourth most in a single season in Utah State history... Led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game, finishing ninth in the Mountain West... Scored a total of 555 points to rank No. 24 in a single season in USU history... Scored in double figures 29 times during the year, including a streak of five straight to end the season... Scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 33 points at New Mexico (2/14)... Finished sixth in the Mountain West after shooting 50.4 percent (192-of-381) from the floor... Finished second in the Mountain West behind the 3-point line, shooting 46.4 percent (98-of-211) from deep... The 98 3-point field goals ranked second in a single season in school history... The 211 3-point attempts ranked fifth in a single season in school history... The 46.4 percent 3-point field goal percentage ranked eighth in a single season in school history... Recorded seven 3-point buckets in a single game three times during the year, matching the sixth-best single game total in USU history... Shot 7-of-8 from behind the 3-point line at New Mexico (2/14), the fifth-best single game 3-point shooting percentage in school history... Led USU with 107 assists, averaging 3.1 per game to rank 12th in the Mountain West... Logged five or more assists in a game eight times during the year, including a season-high nine against San José State (12/27)... Finished eighth in the Mountain West with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.7... Led USU with 35 steals, recording season highs of three against Colorado State (1/10), Boise State (2/10) and UNLV (3/3)... Pulled down five or more rebounds in a game five times, including a career-high-tying eight at UNLV (1/6)... Totaled 111 rebounds during the year, averaging 3.3 per game... Led the Aggies with 13 charges taken... Finished the year with seven blocks.

2016-17 SEASON (FR): Appeared in 30 games, starting in each of the final 18 of the season... Led the Mountain West, was No. 4 in school history and was No. 19 in the nation with an assist/turnover ratio of 3.27... Led the Aggies with 98 assists during the year, recording five or more in a game eight times, including a season high of 10 against San José State in the first round of the MW Championships (3/8)... Added 11 points against the Spartans to record his first career double-double... Scored in double figures 14 times, including a season-high 22 points at San José State (2/22)... Pulled down five or more rebounds in a game seven times, including a season-high eight against Fresno State (1/28)... Led the team behind the 3-point line, shooting 45.1 percent (46-of-102)... Shot 45.0 percent (100-of-222) from the floor and 87.8 percent (36-of-41) at the free throw line... Led the Aggies with 30 steals during the year, recording season highs of three in four games... Named the Best Defender by his teammates at the end-of-year banquet... Shared Best Represents Aggie Basketball with teammates Jalen Moore and Connor Garner, awarded at the end-of-year team banquet... Recorded five blocks... Averaged 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game... Made his Aggie debut at UC Irvine, scoring two points and logging two rebounds in 13 minutes of action... Joe E. & Elma Whitesides Scholar Athlete recipient... Named Academic All-Mountain West.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters at Bountiful (Utah) High School, leading the Braves to a state title as a senior… Averaged 15.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a senior, scoring 20 or more points six times and double digits in all but one contest… Two-time Region 6 MVP as a junior and senior… Also named 4A MVP during his senior year... Averaged 18.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game en route to being named first-team all-state by both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune during his junior year… Scored a career-high 35 points in the semi-finals of the state 4A tournament, losing to Sky View and former teammate Jalen Moore… Led the Braves to three straight region titles… Also lettered in football, baseball and golf at Bountiful, earning all-state honors on the gridiron as a junior.

PERSONAL: One of four children of John and Jenny Merrill… Older sister Molli played soccer at Utah State from 2008-11 and is currently an assistant coach for the Aggie program… Married Kanyan Ward, a member of the USU soccer team in May, 2018... Served a two-year LDS Church mission in Nicaragua from 2014-16... Majoring in accounting.

2016-17 30-18 801-26.7 100-222 .450 46-102 .451 36-41 .878 12 82 94 3.1 79-5 96 30 5 30 282 9.4
2017-18 34-34 1,202-35.4 192-381 .504 98-211 .464 73-86 .849 7 104 111 3.3 75-3 107 62 7 35 555 16.3
TOTAL 64-52 2,003-31.3 292-603 .484 144-313 .460 109-127 .858 19 186 205 3.2 154-8 203 92 12 65 837 13.1
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