Jeff Merrill '94
Induction Class of 2007
A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Jeff Merrill played basketball at Binghamton from 1990-94. He earned his bachelor's degree with a double major in philosophy and psychology in 1994.
After earning a starting role midway through his freshman season, Merrill made his mark in his remaining three years. Those seasons represented the best three-year span in program history. His teams compiled an overall record of 61-23 and won three straight SUNYAC East Division titles.
A 6-foot-4 forward and two-time team captain, Merrill graduated as the program's all-time rebounds leader (757) and ranked third in career points (1,603). His career field goal percentage of .589 remains the highest of any player after the first 61 years of basketball at the University.
As a sophomore in 1991-92, Merrill helped lead the Colonials to a 19-7 campaign including a school-record 14-game win streak. He earned first team all-conference honors after leading the SUNYAC in field goal percentage (62%) and averaging 13.1 points per game.
One year later, Merrill averaged 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds for a 19-9 team that advanced to the SUNYAC Championship game for the first time in program history. He recorded a "double-double" 10 times, eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring plateau and repeated as a first team all-conference selection.
In his senior year, Merrill and a veteran BU team rolled to a school-record 23 wins and captured the program's third consecutive divisional crown. He was named first team all-conference for the third straight year and also earned all-region accolades after lifting the team to runner-up honors in both the SUNYAC and ECAC.
An accomplished student as well, Merrill received the SUNYAC Sam Molnar Scholar-Athlete Award in 1994 and he also earned ECAC and regional Academic All-America honors.
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