LOGAN, Utah – Utah State senior guard Sam Merrill garnered several weekly accolades after leading the Aggies to a pair of victories over South Florida and Florida last week. Merrill logged team highs of 21 points in each contest and, for his efforts, was named the Mountain West Player of the Week, College Sports Madness High-Major Player of the Week and the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week.
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) led Utah State to a 2-0 neutral court record last week with a 76-74 overtime win against South Florida and a 65-62 win against Florida. Against the Bulls, Merrill scored 21 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, while shooting 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the floor, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (3-of-3) at the free throw line.
Against the Gators, Merrill was named the MVP of the game after leading the Aggies with 21 points, a career-high nine rebounds, and a team-best five assists. Merrill finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from the floor, including 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from behind the 3-point line.
For the week, Merrill averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from the floor, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (3-of-3) at the free throw line.
This is the first Conference weekly honor of the 2019-20 season for Merrill and the second of his career.