Tuesday was anything but a slow news day. While KJ Walton and Frankie Hughes were getting granted their release, Cuonzo Martin was evidently finalizing his staff.
Missouri's Cuonzo Martin will hire Oakland's Cornell Mann as an assistant coach, per a source. Joins Michael Porter Sr. on Tigers' staff.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 4, 2017
Missouri's Cuonzo Martin will hire UMKC's Chris Hollender as an assistant coach, per a source. Tigers' staff is officially set.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 5, 2017
Mann was a member of the Iowa State coaching staff from 2011-15 and helped the Cyclones achieve unprecedented success. ISU went to a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and achieved a 99-40 overall record. Mann was pivotal in recruiting Michigan-native Monte Morris to Iowa State who is one of the nation's top point guards after being named a two-time Bob Cousy Award Finalist. During his time at Iowa State, he added a Michigan-to-Iowa State pipeline and was also the lead defensive coach.
Mann has 15 years of experience as an assistant coach at the Division I level and has qualified for NCAA Tournament play at all four of his assistant coaching stops. He has won five championships at four different schools and has averaged better than 20 wins as an assistant coach. Prior to Iowa State, he coached at Dayton, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. The Royal Oak Township native was an all-state performer at Ferndale High School, where he earned league MVP accolades and a nomination to the McDonald's High School All-America Team.
Known for a tireless work ethic, recruiting savvy and passion for the game, Hollender joined UMKC after three seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State in the SEC. At every stage of his coaching career, team win-loss records have improved following Hollender's arrival. [...]
At Mississippi State, Hollender brought the same intensity he played with as a college and professional standout to the development of the big men, including All-SEC forward Gavin Ware. Under Hollender's guidance, Ware was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2012-13 after averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. His totals increased to averaging more than 10 points and seven rebounds per game as a sophomore and junior. In 2013-14, he led the Bulldogs in field goal percentage (.581). Ware went on to become one of only seven players in MSU history to score 1,000-plus points and pull down 800-plus rebounds.
While in Starkville, Hollender played an integral part in the recruitment of Quinndary Weatherspoon, who became a second-team All-SEC selection and led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.5 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds per contest as a sophomore. He was previously named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Both are pretty well-regarded recruiters. One hopes they can coach as well, but the draw here is obvious.
Here’s some more on the new assistants:
- PowerMizzou: Hoops addition and subtractions
- KC Star: Report: MU adds Oakland’s Cornell Mann, UMKC’s Chris Hollender to basketball staff
- The Missourian: Cornell Mann and Chris Hollender hired as assistants
More Basketball Links:
- Michael Porter Jr., MaxPreps player of the year.
- Michael Porter Jr., college basketball’s No. 2 player in the country next year? Damn.
- Sam went on the Big Show yesterday!
- A two-run homer in the first and a two-run homer in the seventh were basically all Illinois needed to hand Mizzou Baseball its sixth straight loss, 5-3 in Sauget, last night. This was the first time in the losing streak that the Tigers lost by more than one run, and it still came down to basically one or two pitches, but hoo boy, Mizzou needs a turnaround soon.
- Mizzou Softball, meanwhile, looks to move to 22-14 with a doubleheader against SEMO this afternoon at Mizzou Stadium. Tickets are $3! Cheyenne Baxter was named the NFCA’s national pitcher of the week for what she did to Bama last weekend.
- At some point, the MAC might regret inviting Mizzou Wrestling to come aboard.
- You should learn more about Andrew Sansoucie.