LOGAN, Utah - Utah State sophomore guard Sam Merrill has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Dec. 31, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
The award is the third for Merrill this season.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
Merrill (Bountiful, Utah) scored in double figures in back-to-back games last week as Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record with an 86-72 home win against San José State and a 79-59 road loss at San Diego State. Against the Spartans, Merrill finished second on the team with 18 points, but led the Aggies with a season-high nine assists, while also recording four rebounds and two steals. Merrill shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the floor during the game, including 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from behind the 3-point line. Against the Aztecs, Merrill led the team with 18 points, and added two rebounds, one assist and one steal. During the game, Merrill shot 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the floor, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from behind the 3-point line. For the week, Merrill averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the floor and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from behind the 3-point line.
Utah State will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting Fresno State (11-4, 1-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., followed by a road trip to UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 6. That game is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. (PT).
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Nominees from other sports for Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week included:
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Sophomore guard Hailey Bassett (Layton, Utah) led Utah State to a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 79-66 road loss at San José State and a 62-58 home win against San Diego State. Against the Spartans, Bassett led the Aggies with a career-high 17 points, while adding a season-high eight rebounds. She also had one assist, one block and two steals in the loss. Against the Aztecs, Bassett recorded 13 points, while adding four rebounds and a career-high three steals. On the week, Bassett averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals 0.5 assists and 0.5 blocks per game, while shooting 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the field, 100 percent (1-of-1) from the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line.
2017-18 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 11 – Kent Myers, Football
Sept. 18 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 25 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Jalen Davis, Football
Oct. 9 – DJ Nelson, Football
Oct. 16 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Oct. 23 – Jordan Love, Football
Oct. 30 – Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 5 – LaJuan Hunt, Football
Nov. 12 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 19 - Dillon Maggard, Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 26 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 3 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
Dec. 10 - Olivia West, Women’s Basketball
Dec. 17 - Dwayne Brown Jr., Men’s Basketball
Dec. 24 - DeAngelo Isby, Men’s Basketball
Jan. 1 - Sam Merrill, Men’s Basketball
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