MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #8 – Sam Merrill
Utah State’s sharpshooter is No. 8 in the countdown
MWC Wire Top 25 Countdown: #8 Sam Merrill
The No. 8 player in the MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown is Utah State guard Sam Merrill.
Merrill is the leading returnee for the 2018-19 Utah State Aggies. The junior guard averaged a team-high 16.3 points per game while also adding 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and a steal per game last season.
Merrill’s most impressive individual statistics, however, come from the damage he did from behind the three-point line. The Utah native converted 98 of his 211 attempts from deep last year, good for 46.4 percent – the seventh-best mark in the nation. Don’t be surprised if he appears in the top five season, as well as scoring more than 20 points a night.
- 8) Sam Merrill, Utah State
- 9) Lavelle Scottie, Air Force
- 10) Devin Watson, San Diego State
- 11) Justinian Jessup, Boise State
- 12) Nico Carvacho, Colorado State
- 13) Matt Mitchell, San Diego State
- 14) Jordan Brown, Nevada
- 15) JaQuan Lyle, New Mexico
- 16) Anthony Mathis, New Mexico
- 17) Braxton Huggins, Fresno State
- 18) Vance Jackson, New Mexico
- 19) Makuach Maluach, New Mexico
- 20) Deion James, Colorado State
- 21) Alex Hobbs, Boise State
- 22) Trey Porter, Nevada
- 23) Zach Haney, Boise State
- 24) Nate Grimes, Fresno State
- 25) Noah Robotham, UNLV
- Honorable mentions
Eli Boettger is the lead basketball writer at Mountain West Wire. He’s covered Mountain West basketball since 2015 and his work has been featured on Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo Sports, MSN, and other platforms. Boettger is a current USBWA member.