Matthew Mors has been named Gatorade South Dakota Boys Basketball Player of the Year for a second consecutive season.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes the Yankton junior as South Dakota’s best high school boys basketball player.
The 2019-20 Argus Leader Player of the Year, Mors averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals through 21 games. Already the youngest player to ever receive Argus Leader Player of the Year honors (freshman, 2017), the Wisconsin commit joined White River’s Louie Krogman as the only two-time winners in the award’s 41-year history.
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,” Washington coach Craig Nelson said. “He’s great in the post, he shoots it well and he can single-handedly help his team win games.”
Mors, who has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom, joins Gatorade South Dakota Boys Basketball Players of the A.J. Plitzuweit (2017-18, Vermillion), Matt Cartwright (2016-17, O’Gorman), Ty Hoglund (2015-16, Dell Rapids), and Deng Geu (2014-15, Washington) among the state’s list of former award winners.
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As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Mors also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. He is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.
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