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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: 2021 signing day capsule for Matthew Mors

The athletic South Dakota big man is officially a Badger!

Now that the 2021 men’s basketball class can officially sign on the dotted line, B5Q gives you a snapshot of each player joining the fold for the Wisconsin Badgers next season...

2021 forward Matthew Mors

Position: power forward

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 220 pounds

Hometown: Yankton, S.D.

High school: Yankton High School-01


  • 247 Composite: three-star, 92.20 rating (No. 145 nationally / No. 25 power forward), No. 1 in state
  • 247 Sports: three-star, 88 rating (No. 208 nationally / No. 37 power forward), No. 1 in state
  • Rivals: three-star, (No. 127 nationally / No. 20 power forward)
  • ESPN: four-star, 82 rating, No. 25 power forward, No. 20 in region, No. 1 in state

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Committed to Wisconsin on September 29th, 2019

Player breakdown

Joe Krabbenhoft, a native of the Dakotas, lead the way in the recruitment of Mors, who the Badgers have been in on since he was in seventh grade (his first year playing varsity ball, natch). The athletic Mors brings some impressive highlights to Madison as when he gets going towards the rim he often finishes explosively. He can finish through contact as well and will look nice on the wing for the Badgers.

Mors, who was named Gatorade State Player of the Year in South Dakota, averaged 19.4 points per game last season and will try to bring his scoring ability to the table for the Badgers. If Mors can improve as a defender and a shooter he’ll be an extremely valuable piece in an Aleem Ford mold for the team going forward.

UW Bio (courtesy UW Athletic Department)

Matthew Mors

6-7, 220, Forward

Yankton, S.D. (HS)

A consensus top-150 recruit, Matthew Mors enters his senior season as the rare four-time all-state selection and reigning back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year in South Dakota. The 6-foot-7 forward first joined the Yankton High School varsity team as a seventh grader and promptly helped the Bucks to the 2016 state championship. The 2020 South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association Class AA Player of the Year, Mors enters his senior season as South Dakota’s Class AA all-time leading scorer with 2,127 career points and counting. As a junior, he averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 51.4% from the field, leading Yankton to the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs before the season was ended prematurely. Mors has averaged at least 19.0 points per game in each of the last four seasons, including a high of 24.4 points per game as a freshman in 2018.

Gard on Mors:

“We are very excited to add Matthew to our program. He has challenged himself as a student-athlete year in and out to become as well rounded a competitor as possible, both on and off the court. As a state champion in basketball and a successful multi-sport athlete in Yankton, Matthew has gained valuable lessons that will help him become the best leader and player possible. On the court, he plays with a certain level of toughness and physicality that fits our style of play, specifically in the Big Ten. He has a versatile skill set that will allow him to be effective in the post, off the dribble and is a terrific shooter from outside. Matthew’s skillset, combined with a championship mentally, has us excited to begin working with him. We’re excited for Matthew to join our Badger Family and we can’t wait to begin working with him to help him reach his goals as a Badger.”