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Walton and Hughes leaving Missouri basketball program

(MGN Online)

K.J. Walton and Frankie Hughes will leave the Missouri men's basketball program.

Their decision to transfer comes less than weeks after Missouri hired Cuonzo Martin as head coach of the Tigers.

Walton played two seasons under former Missouri coach Kim Anderson, averaging just 6 points per game during that time. Hughes played in 30 games--as a freshman in the 2016-17 season--averaging 7.6 points per game.

Martin commented on the players' departure in a press release.

"We wish K.J. and Frankie the best in their future academic and athletic pursuits," Martin said. "We will support both of them as much as possible, and assist in their transitions to the best of our ability."

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Reports indicate that Missouri men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is set to hire two assistant coaches, which would complete his staff.

Cornell Mann and Chris Hollender will reportedly join the Tigers for next season.

Mann spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant at Oakland University. Before taking the job at Oakland, Mann was an assistant at Iowa State from 2011 to 2015.

Hollender was an assistant at UMKC for the past two seasons.

Missouri hasn't made an official announcement regarding the hires.

This story will be updated as the news continues to develop.



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