After leading Yankton to a state title as a freshman, Yankton Sophomore Matthew Mors followed it up with quite an encore, averaging nearly 23 points and 8 rebounds per game, helping him earn a second consecutive Player of the Year Nomination.
With multiple Division 1 offers to his name, and fresh off leading Yankton to its first boys state title in 40 years, Matthew Mors knew there would be an added target on his back entering his sophomore season.
“Teams are going to want to send their best defenders at me, multiple defenders to try and stop me and my team. It’s tough some night but you just have to push through those nights because it’s going to happen every single time you play,” Yankton Sophomore Forward Matthew Mors said.
Despite the added pressure, Mors continued to dominate on the floor, breaking his own single game school scoring record with a 45 point effort against Huron in January.
“It was one of those nights where I was on. My teammates kept giving me the ball and it just felt like everything was going in that night, and everything was working out the way it should be,” Mors said.
Mors continued to etch his name into the Yankton record books, passing Chad Nelson to become the program’s all-time leading scorer.
“Matthew’s up there with the biggest of the biggest now. I think he ranks fourth all-time on the “AA” scoring list behind Eric Kline, Jason Sutherland of Watertown, and Mike Miller of Mitchell. So that’s pretty elite company that he finds himself in,” Yankton Head Coach Chris Haynes said.
As his numbers continue to move up in the state record books, his coach even finds himself appreciating the moment as it happens.
“You sit back and you just have to appreciate that this is probably a once in a lifetime player that you’re coaching right now,” Haynes said.
Though his scoring total dropped slightly from a year ago, Mors improved in every other statistical category this year, earning him a second straight player of the year nomination.
“It’s great to be in company with all these other great players and athletes, but obviously it wouldn’t be done without the help of my teammates, coaches, and family members getting me to this point,” Mors said.
We’ll unveil our final two nominees Thursday and Friday, with the winner being announced at Saturday’s banquet at the Sanford Pentagon. Former NBA player Kenyon Martin will be the keynote speaker. The event is set for 7:00, and is free and open to the public.