3 Sam Merrill
Sam  Merrill

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Bountiful, Utah

High School:
Bountiful HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 210

Position:
Guard


02/15/2017

USATSI Gallery - San Diego State @ Utah State

USATSI Gallery - San Diego State @ Utah State

01/14/2017

Utah State vs. San Diego State

Jan. 14, 2017

HONORS: Academic All-Mountain West (2017)... Whitesides Scholar-Athlete (2017).

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… Served a two-year LDS Church mission in Nicaragua from 2014-16... Majoring in accounting.

Year GP-GS Min-Avg FG PCT 3FG PCT FT PCT Pts Avg Reb Avg PF-D Asst TO Blk Stl
2016-17 30-18 801-26.7 100-222 .450 46-102 .451 36-41 .878 282 9.4 94 3.1 79-5 98 30 5 29
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