Samuel Hoskins Merrill or Sam for short is a basketball player of the National Basketball Association. He is playing for the Milwaukee Bucks as its shooting guard. Before joining the professional world of basketball, Merrill was an active team member of the Utah State Aggies basketball team.
The 6-foot-4-inch Miller was born in Salt Lake City but grew up in Bountiful. He was part of the basketball varsity team of Bountiful High School and was named by Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News as First-Team All-State. Due to his performance in high school, he was recruited by ivy-league schools including Princeton and Stanford, but committed to play for Utah State.
Before joining the basketball team of Utah State, Merrill went to a Latter-Day Saints mission to Nicaragua for two years. During his stint with Utah State, he was named AP Honorable Mention All-American, Mountain West Tournament MCP and Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. He also was instrumental in allowing Utah State to secure an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
When it comes to points per game during his collegiate basketball career, Merrill was averaging a total of 16.3 points per game during his sophomore year and 20.9 points during his junior year. In his senior year, he was averaging up to 30 points per game.
After his senior year in Utah State, Merrill signed in for the 2020 NBA draft and was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans. By November 2020, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition, he became part of the NBA G League and played for the Memphis Hustle. In February 10, 2021, he officially began playing with the Hustle. He is also playing for the Milwaukee Bucks while playing for the Memphis Hustle.
Career Awards and Highlights
- 2018 Third-Team All-Mountain West
- 2019 AP Honorable Mention All-American
- 2019 Mountain West Player of the Year
- 2019 and 2020 First Team All-Mountain West
- 2019 and 2020 Mountain West Tournament Most Valuable Player