Sam Merrill was born on May 15, 1996 in Bountiful, Utah. The son of John and Jenny Merrill, Sam has one older sister, Molli. At Bountiful High School, Merrill was a three-year starter and a two-time All-State selection. As a sophomore, he averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists per game. As a junior, Merrill broke out with 18.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per contest. On his way to leading Bountiful to the Utah 4A state title, Merrill posted 15.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.6 rebounds per game as a senior. Merrill served a two-year LDS Church mission in Nicaragua from 2014 to 2016. He turned down offers from Stanford and Princeton to attend Utah State University. Merrill graduated with a degree in business administration. Fans can follow the Utah State product on Twitter @smerrill05.