COLUMBIA — Cuonzo Martin continued filling out his staff Tuesday with the hires of Cornell Mann from Oakland (Michigan) and Chris Hollender from the Missouri–Kansas City.

Mann spent just one season in Rochester, Michigan, and helped lead Oakland to a 25-9 record — its best since the 2009-10 season — and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

Cornell Mann

Cornell Mann

Before coaching under Greg Kampe at Oakland, the Michigan native spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at Iowa State. The Cyclones went 99-50 during Mann's tenure.

According to his Oakland biography, Mann was instrumental in recruiting star guard Monte Morris from Flint, Michigan, to Iowa State. Morris would go on to average 16.4 points per game along with 6.2 assists during his senior season in Ames, Iowa.

Hollender joins Missouri after two seasons as an assistant at UMKC. He previously worked as an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 2012-15. Before joining Mississippi State, Hollender worked at Army and Evansville.

With the hires, Martin's staff is in place. Michael Porter Sr. was hired on March 23, eight days after the Martin era officially began.


One of the known commodities for the 2017 class is consensus top-recruit Michael Porter Jr.. Tuesday, Porter Jr. received yet another accolade as MaxPreps named him its Player of the Year.

It wasn't a difficult choice, either, according to its Twitter.

"Possibly the easiest Player of the Year decision we've made in the 12-year history of the award," MaxPreps tweeted.

In addition to being Player of the Year for MaxPreps, Porter Jr. is Naismith's Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year. Porter Jr. is also the No. 1 pick in's 2018 mock draft.

Porter Jr. is scheduled to officially visit Missouri on Saturday and will help with the recruitment of five-star forward Kevin Knoxof Tampa, Florida, and one-time Washington signee and top-150 point guard Blake Harrisof Raleigh, North Carolina, who are also visiting this weekend.

Supervising editor is Jonathan McKay.

  • Missourian sports TA and copy editor. Previously covered Missouri men's and women's basketball and high school sports. Reach me at or in the newsroom 882-5720. Twitter: @TheRonaldDavis

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