Sam
Merrill
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 205 lbs
School/Club: Utah State
Status: Senior
Birthday: 05/15/1996

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About Sam Merrill

Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 USBWA District VIII Player of the Year.
  • 2018-19 Mountain West Player of the Year.
  • Two-time All-Mountain West First Team selection (2018-19, 2019-20).
  • Two-time Mountain West Tournament MVP (2019, 2020).
  • Earned 2018-19 AP Honorable Mention honors.
  • All-District pick by the USBWA and NABC as a junior and senior.

Senior (2019-20)

  • Ranked second in the Mountain West with 19.7 points to go with 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
  • Shot 46.1 percent from the field, 41.0 percent from three-point range (23rd in the nation) and 89.3 percent from the free throw line (11th in the nation).
  • Tied for 26th in the nation in free throws made (150) and tied for 32nd in three-pointers made (89).
  • Scored 27 points and made the game-winning shot in the MW Tournament title game vs. San Diego State (March 7).
  • Had a season-high 32 points at Colorado State (Feb. 11).

Strengths

  • Prolific shooter with deep range.
  • Has the ability to shoot on the move.
  • Creative with the ball in his hands.
  • Outstanding free throw shooter.

Personal

  • Named 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American and CoSIDA Second Team Academic All American.
  • Served a two-year LDS Church mission in Nicaragua from 2014-16.
  • Married Kanyan Ward, who played soccer at Utah State, in 2018.

Quotable 

“He is the most unselfish star that I’ve ever coached in [24] years. He gives our guys so much confidence. Everyone talks about how good he is on offense, but he is just as good of a defensive player. He does it all. He is so intelligent. Our guys love him to death.”

- Utah State coach Craig Smith