Scott Merritt

  • Position: Forward/Center
  • Height: 6'10”
  • Weight: 240
  • Birthdate: January 3, 1982 in Wauwatosa, WI
  • High School: Wauwatosa East H.S.
  • Major: Communications Studies

High School Career

  • Earned All-State honors for Wisconsin as a Senior in highschool
  • Listed as the #54 prospect in the country by FoxSports.com

Marquette Career

Finished career as Marquette's all-time leader in games played with 126. He is the only player in school history to record over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 assists, and 100 blocked shots for his career. Posted 20 career double-doubles.

2003-04

Averaged 11.2 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds (ninth in Conference USA). Started 30 of 31 games. Posted 21 double-digit scoring efforts and had nine games with double-digits in rebounds. Scored season-high 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Notre Dame. Recorded 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against South Florida. Registered 16 points and ten rebounds against Valparaiso in the title game of the Pepsi Blue and Gold Classic, earning all-tournament honors.

2002-03

Averaged 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Started all 33 games. Posted five double-doubles. Recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds against Appalachian State. Tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds at St. Louis. Scored season-high 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds against Missouri in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Added 17 points against Pittsburgh in the Elite Eight. Registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas in the Final Four.

2001-02

Averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 20.1 minutes a contest. Started 20 of 33 games. Scored in double figures five times, with a career-high 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting against Morris Brown in his first career start. Recorded a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Tallied ten points and a team-high eight rebounds against Cincinnati.

2000-01

Averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.1 minutes a contest. Led team in blocked shots. Posted first double-double of career with 11 points and season-high 13 rebounds against Western Carolina. Scored season-high 12 points against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Marquette Career Statistics

season GP-GS Min Avg FG-A FG% 3FG-A 3P% FT-A FT% OR DR Reb Avg Ast Stl Blk TO PF Pts Avg
2001-02 29- 0 526 18.1 61-142 .430 3-10 .300 48-67 .716 43 61 104 3.6 14 11 25 31 62 173 6.0
2002-03 33-20 661 20.0 65-142 .458 0- 3 .000 65-89 .730 39 106 145 4.4 24 21 27 54 100 195 5.9
2003-04 33-33 970 29.4 119-253 .470 1-10 .100 94-121 .777 78 140 218 6.6 51 27 39 63 91 333 10.1
2004-05 31-30 869 28.0 122-271 .450 2- 6 .333 102-144 .708 87 132 219 7.1 31 25 22 92 76 348 11.2
Totals 126-83 3026 24.0 367-808 .454 6-29 .207 309-421 .734 247 439 687 5.5 120 84 113 240 329 1049 8.3

All-Time Marquette Rankings

  • 35th, Points (1,049)
  • 13th, Rebounds (687)
  • 5th, Blocked Shots (113)

All-Time Career Leader Rankings

  • 4th (tie), Games Played (126)
All-Time Junior Season Rankings
  • 10th, Free Throw Percentage (min. 100 att.) (77.7%)
  • 7th, Blocked Shots (39)
All-Time Sophomore Season Rankings
  • 7th, Blocked Shots (27)

All-Time Freshman Season Rankings

  • 4th, Blocked Shots (25)

Accolades

  • Named All-Tournament Team in the 2002 Pepsi Blue and Gold Classic

Professional Career

Scott briefly played for Tris Riggio Calabria, an Italian professional team. The official notice of signing was September 3, 2004. He would later leave the team on October 3.

His brief statistics while with Calabria:

  • 11 points, 9 rebounds in a 78-73 win over Scafati
  • 4 points, 7 rebounds in a 85-89 loss to Napoli
  • 5 points in a 89-97 loss to Avellino
  • 19 points to lead the team in a 71-79 loss to Capo d'Orlando (Sant'Ambrogio Tournament)
  • 4 points in a 87-75 loss to Scafati
  • 18 points in a 80-77 win over Pepsi Caserta
  • 7 points in a 75-91 loss to Lauretana Biella
  • Didn't score in a 76-68 loss to Varese
  • Didn't score in a 81-70 loss to Armani Jeans Milano

Selected by Columbus in the 5th round (#25 pick overall) of the 2004 NBA D-League Draft. Played for the Columbus Riverdragons in the NBA Development League in 2004-05, averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. Started 40 of 41 games. Earned Honorable Mention All-D-League honors.

While playing for Columbus, he finished the 2004-05 NBDL season ranked in the following statistical categories:

  • 14th in scoring, 13.0 ppg (41 games, 535 points)
  • 8th in field goal percentage, 51.9% (205 FGM / 395 FGA)
  • 20th in free throw percentage, 75.3% (125 FTM / 166 FTA)
  • During the 2004-05 NBDL playoffs, Merritt was tied for 10th among playoff participants with a 75.0% free throw percentage (3 for 4).

For the 2005-06 NBDL season, Merritt was signed by the Austin Toros. He was waived on March 21 and later signed by Fayetteville on March 23.

During the summer of 2005, he played for the Mavericks Summer Pro League. DraftExpress D-League Scout writer, Richard Walker, said this about his performance: “Merritt has been the most consistent player on the Mavericks SPL team, scoring with efficiency and boarding well. He has excellent footwork on the block and in one particular play on Saturday's game made a beautiful floater while in transition. Based solely on the first half he's a shoe-in to get an invite to camp.” DraftExpress Summer Pro League 2005 Article

In the 2006-07 preseason, Merritt was added to the Chicago Bulls training camp roster on October 2. On October 11, the Bulls waived him.

During the 2006-07 NBDL season, Merritt began the season with the Austin Toros, starting 6 games. On January 22, he was traded to the Tulsa 66ers for guard Cheyne Gadson. He would only see action as a substitute for the 66ers before being waived by them - due to injury - on February 9.

In 2007, he was briefly - three games - with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg, a Polish team in the Dominet Basket Ekstraliga (DBE) - Poland's highest basketball league. He tallied 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 36 total minutes of play.

He resumed playing in the 2007-08 season with the NBDL's Tulsa 66ers. In 46 games, Merritt averaged 6.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, and 17 mpg. Link to NDL stats

During the summer of 2008, he signed with Budivelnyk Kyiv of the Ukrainian Basketball League but only played in seven games, averaging 12.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg. He left Budivelnyk Kyiv for Intercollege Etha Engomis of Cyprus's Division A League. He is one of their top players averaging 15.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg through three games.

Accolades

  • Named 2nd Team All-NBA Developmental League

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