YANKTON — It was announced Thursday that Yankton’s Matthew Mors was second as the 2019-20 Gartorade South Dakota Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. He is now a two-time winner of award, which was handed out for the 35th time this year.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. Mors is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year Award.
Mors, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound junior forward, led the Bucks to a 17-4 record and the Class AA quarterfinals at the time of the selection.
He averaged 19-5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals through 21 games and is a three-time Class AA first team all-state selection and was twice named the Argus Leader Player of the Year.
“Mors can do it all,” said Sioux Falls Washington coach Craig Nelson. “He’s great in the post, he shoots it well and he can single-handedly help his team win games.”
Mors has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.
He is the vice president of his school’s service club and has volunteers as a youth basketball coach along with donating his time on behalf of food, clothing and donation drives for school supplies.
The announcement of the 2019-20 Gatorade National Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year has been temporarily postponed due the the Coronavirus pandemic.
As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Mors 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 12 $10,000 spotlight grands for the organization of choice.