Utah State’s Sam Merrill selected to participate in CP3 Elite Guard Camp

Utah State Aggies guard Sam Merrill (5) shoots a free throw during the first half against the New Mexico Lobos in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, on March 14. The Utah State Aggies won against the New Mexico Lobos, 91-83, to advance in the semifinals of the Mountain West Championship.

LOGAN – Utah State senior guard Sam Merrill will be one just 15 collegiate point guards slated to participate in the CP3 Elite Guard Camp, July 18-21, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The CP3 Elite Guard Camp annually features the top-30 high school point guards from around the country and the top-15 collegiate point guards for an intense three-day training camp with current NBA player Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets. Players are tutored by Paul on everything from skill development to film breakdown to life skills.

Notable alumnus of the camp include current NBA stars Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo, C.J. McCollum, Bradley Beal and Kemba Walker. The 2019 edition of the camp will mark the 10th year that Paul has hosted the event.

Merrill, the 2019 Mountain West Player of the Year and MW Tournament MVP, led the Aggies to both the regular season and conference tournament title a season ago after pacing USU with a team-best 20.9 points per game. Merrill finished the year with 731 points, the fifth-most in a single season in Utah State history, while his average of 20.9 points per game ranked second in the MW. Merrill was also the top distributor for the Aggies, totaling a team-best 147 assists and averaging 4.2 per contest to rank fifth in the MW.

Merrill was also named third-team All-American by Stadium, AP honorable mention All-American, first-team all-Mountain West, first-team all-District 17 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and all-District VIII by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Merrill will enter the 2019-20 season with 1,568 career points and could become just the fourth Aggie in the history of the program to eclipse 2,000 career points.

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