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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: two commits named Gatorade State Player of the Year

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Matthew Mors and Chucky Hepburn, of the 2021 class, were given their state’s honor.

NCAA Basketball: Central Arkansas at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!

Gatorade State Players of the Year

The Gatorade State Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

  • 2021 4-star PF Matthew Mors (Yankton, S.D.) won this award for South Dakota. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound junior forward led the Bucks to a 17-4 record and the Class AA quarterfinals at the time of his selection. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Mors averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals through 21 games. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he is also a two-time Argus Leader Player of the Year.

Vice President of his school’s service club, Mors has volunteered as a youth basketball coach and has donated his time on behalf of food, clothing and donation drives for school supplies. “Mors can do it all,” said Craig Nelson, head coach at Washington High. “He’s great in the post, he shoots it well and he can single-handedly help his team win games.”

  • 2021 4-star PG Chucky Hepburn (Bellevue, Neb.) won this award for Nebraska. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior guard led the Thunderbirds to a 21-3 record and the Class A state tournament at the time of his selection. Hepburn averaged 17.7 points, 6.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 steals through 24 games. An All-State and All-Metro honoree, he was selected to both the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska First Team and the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State First Team.

Hepburn has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth basketball programs. “Chucky Hepburn makes everyone around him better,” said Bill Morrison, head coach at Millard West High. “He can, and will, take over a game defensively, and he’s a team-first player. He could average a lot more points if he wanted to, but that’s not a concern for him.”

Other news on hoops recruits

  • 2020 PWO wing Carter Gilmore made the WBCA All-Star game and is raising money for charity.