Martin played on two straight IHSA Class AA state championship teams at now-closed East St. Louis Lincoln High School, where he was a teammate of LaPhonso Ellis.
While the facilities arms race is showing no signs of slowing down across college athletics, and no program is ever satisfied with the status quo, Martin will be able to recruit to quality facilities at Missouri.
Prior to coaching at Cal, Martin headed the basketball program at the University of Tennessee for three seasons.
Martin was an excellent recruiter during his time with the Bears, bringing in Jaylen Brown, who was the third pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft, and sophomore Ivan Rabb, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2017 draft.
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Mizzou fired Kim Anderson two weeks ago following three seasons. Under Martin's watch, the Bears won the regular season Missouri Valley Conference title in 2010-11.
Martin has proven his recruiting talents by bringing five-star players like Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb to Cal in 2014. Only one of those nine years featured an NCAA tournament win. However, each move is an upgrade in many ways.
He's not expected to take the Missouri job, but no further clarity into his coaching future in Bloomington was offered. He will become Missouri's fifth head coach since 1999. Adding Porter Jr. would inject life back into Mizzou Arena, but the foundation for long-term success will take time to build.
Multiple media reports say Missouri and Martin have finalized a seven-year deal worth $21 million. That's a substantial, long-term contract for a coach without a deep tournament run on his resume, but it's also the only way Mizzou could get a coach of Martin's stature.
ESPN reported that Cuonzo Martin's deal will be for seven years and is worth $21 million, nearly triple the guaranteed salary of former Missouri coach Kim Anderson.