2020 NBA Draft: Utah State's Sam Merrill Taken No. 60, heading to the Milwaukee Bucks

2020 NBA Draft: Utah State's Sam Merrill Taken No. 60, heading to the Milwaukee Bucks

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2020 NBA Draft: Utah State's Sam Merrill Taken No. 60, heading to the Milwaukee Bucks

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Sam Merrill gets picked in second round of NBA Draft


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Fresh off a back-to-back Mountain West Championship, Sam Merrill is now ready to play in the next level. Merrill was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the No. 60 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, reportedly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, which is pending league approval.

Merrill has a great shooting ability and was known in the conference as a clutch shot specialist. NBC Sports Brian Brennan recently described him as “the most cold-blooded shotmaker in college basketball this season.”

The last thing he did while wearing the Aggies’ jersey was hit a game-winner three-pointer against the San Diego State Aztecs to win the 2020 Mountain West Conference tournament title. Merrill made six three-pointers during that game, with tied a finals record.

The 6’5 guard was named the tournament MVP, an honor he also received the previous year along with becoming the 2019 MW Player of the Year. Merrill, now 24 years old, is the first back-to-back tournament MVP in MW conference history.

As a freshman with the Aggies, Merrill averaged 9.4 points per game. That was the only season he was in single digits. He improved to 16.3 points per game the following season, and was averaging 20.9 and 19.7 points during his junior and senior years, respectively.


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