After seven seasons of donning a crimson and white jersey, Matthew Mors has chosen new colours.
As in, the blue and yellow of South Dakota State.
Mors, the previous Yankton High School record-breaker who spent this previous season as a redshirt on the University of Wisconsin, introduced Friday afternoon that he has dedicated to SDSU and can swimsuit up for the Jackrabbits.
The resolution for Mors, a 6-foot-7 ahead, got here two and a half weeks after he introduced he was exploring a switch from Wisconsin.
“Finding the right fit for me was the most important part, and going to a program where yes, it’s a little closer to home, but there’s a lot more opportunity out there for me,” Mors informed the Press & Dakotan.
Mors burst onto the Yankton scene as a seventh-grader and rapidly started constructing a six-season varsity resume that might finally lead him to change into one of the vital adorned boys’ basketball gamers in state historical past. He graduated from YHS as this system chief in profession factors (2,707), factors in a sport (48), factors in a season (585), profession steals (219), profession assists (315), profession blocks (159) and profession three-pointers (254).
The recipient of 5 all-state honors, Mors was additionally thrice named the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year and helped information Yankton to the 2018 state championship — this system’s first title in 40 years.
Naturally a highly-recruited participant by plenty of excessive main convention Division I packages, Mors dedicated to and later signed with Wisconsin. He spent this season with the Badgers as a redshirt freshman and finally determined to switch from Madison.
Just shy of three weeks later, he has his resolution.
“When I came down to Brookings the first time, I knew they had something special going on,” Mors stated. “I had an immediate connection with the coaches.”
South Dakota State, guided by head coach Eric Henderson, put collectively a historic season in 2021-22. The Jackrabbits (30-5) ran by means of the Summit League common season with no loss after which gained the match championship to succeed in the NCAA Tournament, the place they finally misplaced to Providence within the first spherical.
The Jackrabbits can even doubtless enter the 2022-23 season as the favourite to repeat within the Summit League, based mostly on the return of gamers like Baylor Scheierman (who’s exploring his possibilities within the NBA Draft however may nonetheless return), Zeke Mayo, Alex Arians, Matt Dentlinger and Luke Appel.
“I’m super excited to play next to Baylor, and I could say the same thing for all of the guys,” Mors stated. “The way they play is so loose and free-flowing, and it’s going to be so much fun.”
Although Mors stated the thought of taking part in nearer to residence in Yankton was not the principle cause for eager to discover a switch, he did say the chance to play in entrance of South Dakota followers once more is an thrilling prospect.
“Being able to represent not only myself, but my family and the state of South Dakota with a ‘South Dakota’ name across my chest, I feel like that will be so exciting,” he stated.
For now, Mors stated he’s glad to have his resolution made.
“My phone’s been blowing up like crazy and it hasn’t stopped for two weeks,” he stated. “It feels amazing to have this off my shoulders.”
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