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. 3, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
The award is the second consecutive for Merrill, earning the AFCU honor last week as well.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
Merrill turned in a pair of double-digit scoring outings last week as Utah State posted an 0-2 record with a 72-65 road loss against Valparaiso and a 75-66 home loss to BYU. Against the Crusaders, Merrill led the Aggies with 19 points, shooting 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from the floor, 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from behind the 3-point line and 100 percent (4-of-4) at the free throw line. Merrill also added four rebounds, four assists and one steal in a career-high 39 minutes.
Against the Cougars, Merrill finished second on the team with 14 points, shooting 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from the floor, 16.7 percent (1-of-6) from behind the 3-point line and 50.0 percent (3-of-6) at the free throw line. Additionally, Merrill finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
For the week, Merrill averaged 16.5 points per game, shooting 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the floor, 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from behind the 3-point line and 70.0 percent (7-of-10) at the free throw line, while adding 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Utah State continues its season this week with a home contest against UC Irvine on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., and then faces Utah in the Beehive Classic at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
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Nominees from other sports for Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week included:
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Junior guard Rachel Brewster (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) averaged double-figure points last week as Utah State posted an 0-3 record with a 64-44 road loss at Idaho State, followed by a 64-52 loss against Montana and a 94-55 loss against 19th-ranked Oregon State in the Maui Classic. Against the Bengals, Brewster scored two points, adding one rebound and one steal. Against the Bobcats, she led the team in scoring with 16 points, while tallying six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. And against the Beavers, she had a team-high 16 points, along with two rebounds and one assist. Brewster, who was named to the Maui Classic all-tournament team, averaged 11.3 points and 3.0 rebounds last week, tallying four steals, two blocks and one assist. She shot 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from the floor, 28.6 percent (2-of-7) from the 3-point line and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) 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
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