The Wisconsin basketball program signed their 2021 mens basketball class Wednesday. Matthew Mors, Chucky Hepburn, and Chris Hodges have officially signed. They will make up the freshmen class next season. Below is a little bit about each player.
I have been very excited about Matthew Mors since he committed to Wisconsin September 29, 2019. Mors hails from Yankston, SD. He is the number one player in the state of South Dakota, a two time Mr. Basketball in South Dakota, and averaged 19. 4 points a game and 8.5 rebounds a game last year as junior. Oh, he also averaged 20.6 points per game as an 8th grader on the varsity team!
Mors can do it all. He can pass, shoot, and rebound. There is no question he is everything you want in a player. With a height of 6’7 and 220 pounds, he has the body to complete right away in a physical Big Ten conference. Watch for Mors to make an immediate impact next season with a number of seniors on this years team departing.
Hepburn is the point guard that was needed in this class. The Badgers lose D’Mitrik Trice and Trevor Anderson to graduation after this season. Because of the amount experience being lost, Hepburn is already a huge addition to Wisconsin. Hepburn is from Bellevue, NE where he averaged 17.7 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds a game last season. He is 6’1 and weighs 185 pounds. His size is very similar to Trice as well who is 6’0 183 pounds.
24/7 Sports has Hepburn rated as the number two player in Nebraska. With Trice and Anderson departing for graduation after this season, expect Hepburn to contribute early as well for Wisconisn next season just like Mors. He was also the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Nebraska in 2020. Some analysts have compared Hepburn to former Badge star Jordan Taylor as he is able to be physical and create his own shot.
Hodges rounds out the 2021 recruiting class. Hodges is from Schaumburg, IL. He comes in at 6’8 and weighs 235 pounds. Last season, he averaged 15.5 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks game. Prep Hoops ranks Hodges as the number four player in Illinois. Hodges was the first member to commit in the 2021 class for Wisconsin.
Early notes on Hodges are he can go up for the ball, plays good defense, and works well around the rim. Hodges received interest from other big time schools such as DePaul and Rutgers. Hodges sounds like a classic Wisconsin recruit. While he may not be as hyped as Mors and Hepburn, Wisconsin believes he can be a steal and could end up being a great player. With how Wisconisn develops and grows their players, I wouldn’t be shocked if Hodges was a solid player by the time his Wisconsin career is over.