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Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by Roy McAvoy » July 1st, 2019, 1:58 pm

Now it all makes sense why we didn't bring anyone else in atPG. I believe Sam Merrill will be the de facto PG next season.

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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by aggies22 » July 1st, 2019, 3:12 pm

I've been trying to tell you guys all offseason that there was never any serious plan to add a PG.



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by 2004AG » July 1st, 2019, 5:39 pm

aggies22 wrote:I've been trying to tell you guys all offseason that there was never any serious plan to add a PG.
Who doubted you ?


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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by Blitz79 » July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm

Shouldn't the staff be looking into bringing in a preferred walk on point guard? I think we need a point guard. They have to be looking for one.



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by aggies22 » July 1st, 2019, 7:04 pm

Blitz79 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Shouldn't the staff be looking into bringing in a preferred walk on point guard? I think we need a point guard. They have to be looking for one.
I believe there is someone the coaching staff is looking at.



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by Blitz79 » July 1st, 2019, 8:54 pm

aggies22 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 7:04 pm
Blitz79 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Shouldn't the staff be looking into bringing in a preferred walk on point guard? I think we need a point guard. They have to be looking for one.
I believe there is someone the coaching staff is looking at.
LOL. I don't know if you are messing with me cuz I was just messing with you. :lol:



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by aggies22 » July 2nd, 2019, 4:56 am

Blitz79 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 8:54 pm
aggies22 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 7:04 pm
Blitz79 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Shouldn't the staff be looking into bringing in a preferred walk on point guard? I think we need a point guard. They have to be looking for one.
I believe there is someone the coaching staff is looking at.
LOL. I don't know if you are messing with me cuz I was just messing with you. :lol:
Haha! No worries! The staff really is looking to bring in one final walk-on guard though.



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by NVAggie » July 2nd, 2019, 7:41 am

So you are saying we should be questioning you about the staff bringing in a PG.



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Post by ShowMeAggie » July 2nd, 2019, 8:23 am

NVAggie wrote:So you are saying we should be questioning you about the staff bringing in a PG.
Pretty sure 22 only ever said that the coaches were never considering using a SCHOLARSHIP on a PG this year... Not that there was no chance we'd get one as a walk on??

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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by ChicAggie » July 2nd, 2019, 8:45 am

Based on the way in the last season went, it seemed pretty clear that Sam and Diogo could certainly play some PG in a pinch. The only question I had was whether the team would be better off with another distributor allowing Sam to conserve his energy and play off the ball. Not second-guessing Coach Smith; just posing the question.


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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by StanfordAggie » July 2nd, 2019, 9:48 am

If the plan is to have him play significant minutes at PG, I wonder if this is at least partially as a way to audition for the NBA. Some have said that Jaycee Carroll would have played in the NBA if he had shown the ability to play PG. I would have thought that this is less of an issue for Sam since he is a couple inches taller than Jaycee so he wouldn't be as much of a "tweener." But I still wonder if he has a better chance of playing in the NBA at PG so Smith wants to give him some minutes there.
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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by aggies22 » July 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am

NVAggie wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 7:41 am
So you are saying we should be questioning you about the staff bringing in a PG.
I'm not sure if you're being serious? If so, would you clarify what you mean, please?



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by BearLakeMonster » July 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am

aggies22 wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
NVAggie wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 7:41 am
So you are saying we should be questioning you about the staff bringing in a PG.
I'm not sure if you're being serious? If so, would you clarify what you mean, please?
I think it has something to do with this:
aggies22 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 3:12 pm
I've been trying to tell you guys all offseason that there was never any serious plan to add a PG.
aggies22 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 7:04 pm
Blitz79 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Shouldn't the staff be looking into bringing in a preferred walk on point guard? I think we need a point guard. They have to be looking for one.
I believe there is someone the coaching staff is looking at.
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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by aggies22 » July 2nd, 2019, 1:12 pm

BearLakeMonster wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am
aggies22 wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
NVAggie wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 7:41 am
So you are saying we should be questioning you about the staff bringing in a PG.
I'm not sure if you're being serious? If so, would you clarify what you mean, please?
I think it has something to do with this:
aggies22 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 3:12 pm
I've been trying to tell you guys all offseason that there was never any serious plan to add a PG.
aggies22 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 7:04 pm
Blitz79 wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Shouldn't the staff be looking into bringing in a preferred walk on point guard? I think we need a point guard. They have to be looking for one.
I believe there is someone the coaching staff is looking at.
Don't let NVA tug so hard your leg gets dislocated.
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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by Aggie in Boise » July 2nd, 2019, 1:38 pm

I would love to see Sam get significant minutes at the PG spot, especially if we have other players that can fill the 2 spot. IMO Sam’s skills/attributes translate well to the PG position. He is the leader of the team and when he is playing, which is often 40 minutes of each game, it’s quite obvious that he is the “coach on the floor”. He possesses the following skill-sets/attributes:

• high basketball IQ
• excellent ball handling skills
• exceptional communication skills and court vision
• ability to direct traffic
• unselfish/team first mentality
• makes teammates better
• excellent shooter
• ability to score off the dribble
• ability to stroke it from long range
• ability to penetrate and score/dish/get to the free throw line
• great passer
• ability to control the tempo of the game especially while under extreme pressure
• understands when to score and when to help others
• controlled
• patient
• mentally tough
• championship mindset

However, I think he needs to improve his athletic ability (primarily speed and jumping) as much as possible. According to Coach Smith, Sam has been focusing more on his strength training and nutrition so I think we can expect to see some improvement there. I would love to see him dunk during a game, especially in traffic. ;). Maybe Mr. Bean can give him a few pointers.

Here are some good highlights from the USU/BSU game that display everything I mentioned above. Porter looked great too. I think we will be fine at the PG spot. When Smith came to Boise for the USU Roadshow in May he mentioned that he felt that Bairstow was versatile enough to play all positions 1 through 4.




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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by aggiebydefault » July 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm

"However, I think he needs to improve his athletic ability (primarily speed and jumping) as much as possible. According to Coach Smith, Sam has been focusing more on his strength training and nutrition so I think we can expect to see some improvement there. I would love to see him dunk during a game, especially in traffic. ;). Maybe Mr. Bean can give him a few pointers."

I remember an interview with him a few years back where he mentioned specifically trying to regain some of his speed and explosiveness that he had in his high school/pre-mission days that he didn't have for whatever reason anymore. I'd be pretty pumped if he has as significant of a transformation as he did from year 2 to year 3 heading into year 4.



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by Aggie in Boise » July 2nd, 2019, 2:18 pm

"I remember an interview with him a few years back where he mentioned specifically trying to regain some of his speed and explosiveness that he had in his high school/pre-mission days that he didn't have for whatever reason anymore. I'd be pretty pumped if he has as significant of a transformation as he did from year 2 to year 3 heading into year 4."

Me too! Sam had an interview with Andy Katz a couple of months ago and he mentioned to Andy that he needed to work on improving his athleticism. He is driven and want's to play in the NBA so I'm looking forward to seeing his transformation in the upcoming season.



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Re: Sam Merrill, the...PG

Post by TheAKAggie » July 2nd, 2019, 4:48 pm

It’s what Davidson did with Stef Curry


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