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Three Utah college products make NBA debuts

Merrill, Childs, Toolson get preseason playing time for Bucks, Wizards, Jazz
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Posted at 3:56 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 21:50:25-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Three alumni from universities in Utah made their NBA debuts over the weekend.

Sam Merrill, a Utah State guard who was drafted in the 2nd round, 60th overall pick by Milwaukee, played seven minutes in the Bucks' preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. He scored three points on 1/3 shooting, all from behind the arc.

Jake Toolson, a guard from BYU, was undrafted but signed a contract with the Utah Jazz. He played four minutes on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns and attempted one field goal.

Forward Yoeli Childs, also of BYU, was not picked up in the draft but later signed with the Washington Wizards. On Sunday, he scored three points with 1/4 shooting and 1/2 free throws made. He also grabbed five rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Perry, right, defends Washington Wizards forward Yoeli Childs, left, during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Merrill and Childs also played basketball for Utah high schools: Bountiful and Bingham, respectively. Toolson played for Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona.