Merrill, Sam

Utah St.





Merrill is a right-handed point guard that can really shoot the ball. He averaged 19.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in 2019-20. Merrill hit the game winning shot (a contested three) in the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship game to knock off San Diego St. ...Merrill shot 42% for his college career from behind the three-point line. That is ELITE skill. He made 89.1% of his foul shots. He had a 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2019-20. He finished second in Mountain West boxscore plus/minus. Merrill was the MVP of the MWC Tournament the last two years. He was durable as well. Merrill finished his career ranked third in all-time minutes played in the Mountain West. Defensively, Merrill will likely be challenged tremendously. In my notes from Jan. 11, 2020 vs. Nevada, I wrote "SLOW". ...We expect Merrill to be drafted late in round two. His below average running and jumping ability and potential liability on defense will be factors in whether or not he succeeds in the NBA. We view him as a backup PG that can make good decisions, and shoot the heck out of the ball. 


Good advice... In 2009, the 45th pick was Nick Calathes. We advised, "draft Danny Green."

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