It’s no secret that Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is familiar with the St. Louis area. Born in the city and raised just across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois, he came to Columbia last year attempting to shorten the 120 or so miles of Interstate 70 and bring St. Louis’ top basketball talent to Mizzou Arena. In the 2016-17 season, the program’s last under coach Kim Anderson, just two players on the roster hailed from the St. Louis area. With Martin’s second season at the helm fast approaching, his home area’s influence can already be seen on the court. The team now has five active players from the St. Louis area, all of whom are freshmen or sophomores. A sixth, Mario McKinney, committed in September to joining the team for the 2019-20 season. “I’ve been around the basketball scene for a long time, and you’ve never really heard of the head coach of Mizzou actually being around and having a presence in … [Read more...] about The ManeaterSt. Louis high school coaches speak on Cuonzo Martin’s recruiting efforts
June 5, 2018 By Bill Pollock Mizzou Men’s Basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin has accepted an invitation to join the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. Martin’s appointment to the board is effective immediately. “The NABC’s sole focus has been dedicated to developing leaders and positively impacting the lives of student-athletes, so I’m excited and honored to be on the Board of Directors,” Martin said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve and help continually grow our game alongside well-respected colleagues from around the nation.” Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting … [Read more...] about Cuonzo Martin joins NABC Board of Directors
Last Thursday, just weeks after the conclusion of Missouri men’s basketball’s 2017-18 campaign, first-year coach Cuonzo Martin whipped out his phone. He had a text to send and a motivational one at that — one to Missouri signee K.J. Santos.“KJ, this time of year was always slow for me, especially when the season was over,” the text reads. “I used to take advice from the greatest (referencing Muhammad Ali): 'Don’t count the days, make the days count.'”Like most of Martin’s messages, this was motivational for the Geneva, Illinois, native and Illinois-Chicago transfer at a time when motivation has come natural.Seeing Missouri earn an NCAA Tournament bid in its first year under Martin was refreshing for the player that started 30 games and averaged 7.1 points per game as a UIC freshman. It’s why Santos transferred in the first place. It’s also why he’s been working out three times a day with a personal trainer, a … [Read more...] about Incoming transfer Santos motivated to help Missouri build off Martin’s first-year success
Here’s the Director’s Cut non-edited version of my column that appears in Monday’s print editions . . . Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin gestures during the second half of their home opener against Rice at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Plenty of top seeds had a bad NCAA tournament weekend. But the Golden Bears of California fell into a special distressing category. It’s positively stunning, really. In a blink, Cal was transformed from a trendy pick to reach the Final Four into a first-round exiting program with more questions than answers – many revolving around head coach Cuonzo Martin. The hangover of these last seven days will last a while. And Martin’s role in clearing up the headache is pivotal. Some voices in Berkeley think that the hangover will ultimately lead to him coaching elsewhere, although Martin has given zero indication of that. Of course, Martin … [Read more...] about Cuonzo Martin And Cal Hoops: What’s Next?
BERKELEY — Cuonzo Martin got some advice from Gene Keady a long time ago: “don’t read your press clippings.” And Martin never broke that rule. Not as a star at Purdue, nor during his three-year professional career. He isn’t going to start now in his second year as the Cal men’s basketball coach. Even though they’re expected to be really good. “Coach George Raveling came for two days,” Martin said at Wednesday’s press conference. “He bought me one of those magazines where the teams are ranked and all this and that, Jabari (Bird) on the cover. It’s still in my house. I just see Jabari on the cover and haven’t opened it up. I won’t open it up. Because what can you really tell me about our team when I see them every day? How can you rank a team when you really don’t know. So I never been caught up in that. I don’t waste time with it. If it says something good about you, I think it … [Read more...] about Cal, coach Cuonzo Martin trying not to buy into the hype