Mors Will Be A Badger

Yankton's Matthew Mors, right, is congratulated by teammate Rex Ryken after leaving Thursday's first round game in the South Dakota State Class AA Boys' Basketball Tournament in March. On Sunday night, Mors officially announced that he has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin.

Matthew Mors has made his decision.

He’s going to be a Badger.

Mors, the highly-recruited junior at Yankton High School, announced Sunday night that he has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin.

At long last, Mors could make it official.

“I think I’ve known for a long time that this is where I wanted to be,” he told the Press & Dakotan shortly after his announcement.

“This is the biggest decision of my life, so I wanted to make sure I took my time.”

A 6-foot-7 standout for the Bucks, Mors said his official visit to the campus in Madison over the weekend solidified his desire to be a Badger.

“I got to hang out with the guys and I found out that they’re a lot like who I am, and I value that,” Mors said.

Mors, a three-time Class AA all-state selection (twice on the first team), is already the all-time leading scorer in YHS history and will enter his junior season with 1,719 career points.

He averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season as a sophomore, and helped the Bucks reach the South Dakota State Tournament. As a freshman, Mors helped Yankton capture the Class AA state championship in 2018.

His recruiting stock has continued to gain steam nationally, and Mors had received offers from nine Division I programs: Creighton, South Dakota State, South Dakota, Nebraska, TCU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado and Iowa State, not to mention interest from a number of others.

It was another busy summer for Mors, as he and his Yankton teammates played at team camps at Creighton and Wisconsin, and Mors was invited to play in a prestigious showcase in Minnesota. His AAU summer team, South Dakota Attack, also played in a high-profile Las Vegas tournament, and Mors also competed at a camp in Arizona.

Through it all, he said he’s been impressed by what he’s seen at Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin’s culture is something else,” Mors said. “I think we have something special going in, with really good people and good coaches, and they think I fit right in.”

And now, his long-awaited recruiting process is over.

Mors is committed to being a Wisconsin Badger.

“It was a fun and quite long recruiting process, but it’s over now,” he said. “It’s a good feeling for it to be over.

“I can’t wait for the season now. I can focus a little bit more on the Yankton Bucks, and hopefully we can try to get a title or two before I graduate.”

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