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Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and retired National Basketball Association player. He is the current men's head coach at Wake Forest. Manning played high school basketball at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas, college basketball at The University of Kansas, and played in the NBA for 14 years.[1] After retiring from professional basketball Manning became an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. He won the national championship with the Jayhawks in 1988 as a player, and again as an assistant in 2008. He is the all-time leading scorer in Kansas basketball history with 2,951 points. The next closest player to his point total is Nick Collison, who is 854 points behind Manning.[2]

Danny Manning
Coach Danny Manning Wake Forest University (cropped).jpg
Manning in 2015
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
PositionHead coach
LeagueAtlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1966-05-17) May 17, 1966 (age 53)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeKansas (1984–1988)
NBA draft1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career1988–2003
PositionPower forward
Number5, 6, 15, 25
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
19881994Los Angeles Clippers
1994Atlanta Hawks
19941999Phoenix Suns
1999–2000Milwaukee Bucks
2000–2001Utah Jazz
2001–2002Dallas Mavericks
2003Detroit Pistons
As coach:
2003–2006Kansas (team manager)
2006–2012Kansas (assistant)
2014–presentWake Forest
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points12,367 (14.0 ppg)
Assists2,063 (2.3 apg)
Steals1,000 (1.1 spg)
Stats at
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2008

Early lifeEdit

Manning is the son of Ed Manning, who was a longtime NBA and ABA player and professional and college coach.

As a junior at Page High School in Greensboro, North Carolina,[3] Manning averaged 18.8 points and nine rebounds per game, leading the Pirates to a 26–0 record and the state title.[4]

When Ed Manning became an assistant coach at the University of Kansas prior to Manning's senior year, the family moved to Lawrence, Kansas and Manning attended Lawrence High School, where as a senior he was named Kansas Player of the Year.[5] While in Lawrence High, Manning played alongside future United States federal judge Sri Srinivasan.[6]

College careerEdit

Manning led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA title as a senior, leaving KU as its all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He was also the all-time leading scorer in Big Eight Conference history with 2,951 career points. He won the Wooden, Naismith, and Eastman Awards as the college player of the year in 1988.

In Kansas's 83–79 victory over Oklahoma in the 1988 NCAA Final, Manning recorded 31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots. For his seemingly single-handed performance in propelling the underdog Jayhawks to the title, as well as KU's unremarkable record going into the NCAA tournament (21–11, most losses of any NCAA champion), the 1988 Kansas team was nicknamed "Danny and the Miracles" and Manning was honored as Most Outstanding Player in the tournament. A two-time All-American while at KU, Manning was later named the Big Eight Player of the Decade.

Manning was selected to the last all-amateur USA national basketball team in 1988, which competed at the Summer Olympics against all-professional Soviet and Yugoslavian teams in Seoul, South Korea. The team won the bronze medal, but was viewed as a disappointment, as they had been heavy favorites to win the gold until their loss to the Soviet Union in a semi-final game. Manning failed to score even a single point in that game, and afterward called it "one of the biggest disappointments of my life."[7]

Professional careerEdit

Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta HawksEdit

Manning was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1988 NBA draft. He played only 26 games as a rookie after a torn anterior cruciate ligament required him to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, but he returned for the 1989–1990 season. His most productive NBA season was 1992–1993, when he averaged 22.8 points a game for the Clippers, and was selected to play in the All-Star Game. He also was selected as an All-Star the following season. On February 24, 1994, Manning was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Dominique Wilkins and a first-round draft pick.

Continuing knee problems forced Manning to become a part-time player in 1996 after he had undergone two more surgeries.

Phoenix SunsEdit

He won the 1997–1998 Sixth Man Award, while playing for the Phoenix Suns, as the best reserve player in the NBA, averaging 13.5 points while playing about 26 minutes a game. Manning holds the distinction of being the first NBA player to have returned to play after reconstructive surgeries on both knees (a feat since duplicated by Kenyon Martin, Amar'e Stoudemire, Greg Oden and Derrick Rose).

Late careerEdit

Manning was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Pat Garrity and a conditional first-round draft pick for Anfernee Hardaway in 1999, and was subsequently traded to the Milwaukee Bucks with Dale Ellis in exchange for Armen Gilliam and Chris Gatling prior to the start of the 1999–2000 season. He spent the final three years of his career with the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, and Detroit Pistons.

College coaching careerEdit

Assistant at KansasEdit

He announced his retirement from professional basketball in 2003 and served for four years at the University of Kansas as director of student-athlete development and team manager under KU basketball coach Bill Self. Manning was promoted to assistant coach at the end of the 2006–07 season as a replacement for Tim Jankovich who left the Kansas staff to take the position of head coach at Illinois State University. Manning became a key component of the Jayhawks coaching staff, filling vital roles in both recruiting and his work training the team's big men. In his role as KU assistant coach, Manning worked with the Jayhawk big men and earned a reputation as one of the best coaches of big men in the country. He coached 12 NBA draft picks, including eight first round selections. Kansas bigs among those NBA draft picks during his tenure included Wayne Simien, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Cole Aldrich, twins Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey. Manning recruited two McDonald's High School All-Americans, including 2010 NBA first-round draft pick and Oklahoman Xavier Henry. He also coached two Academic All-Americans – Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed. Aldrich was selected as the 2010 Academic All-America of the Year for men's basketball. He spent a total of nine years on the staff at Kansas.[8]


On April 4, 2012, Manning was officially announced as Tulsa's head coach.[1][9] In his first year, the Golden Hurricane posted a 17–16 overall record and an 8–8 mark in Conference USA play, finishing fifth in the league's regular season. With the fifth-least-experienced team in the nation in 2012–13 and battling injuries all season, TU advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship and played in the CBI postseason tournament. Two Hurricane players, James Woodard and D'Andre Wright, were selected to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. Tulsa improved their record to 21–13 in Manning's 2nd year, while going 13 – 3 in Conference play. Tulsa subsequently emerged as the C-USA regular season leader, and won the Conference tournament to advance onto a NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 2003. The Golden Hurricane lost in the second round to the UCLA Bruins 76–59.

Wake ForestEdit

On April 4, 2014, Manning agreed to become the head coach at Wake Forest University.[10]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Conference USA) (2012–2014)
2012–13 Tulsa 17–16 8–8 6th CBI First Round
2013–14 Tulsa 21–13 13–3 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
Tulsa: 38–29 (.567) 21–11 (.656)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Wake Forest 13–19 5–13 12th
2015–16 Wake Forest 11–20 2–16 13th
2016–17 Wake Forest 19–14 9–9 10th NCAA Division I First Four
2017–18 Wake Forest 11–20 4–14 14th
2018–19 Wake Forest 11–20 4–14 13th
Wake Forest: 65–93 (.411) 24–66 (.267)
Total: 103–122 (.458)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal lifeEdit

Manning is the son of former NBA player, Ed Manning. Manning's own son, Evan, accepted a walk-on invitation for the men's basketball team at Kansas for the 2012–13 season,[11][12] while his daughter, Taylor, is a member of the Kansas volleyball team.[13] Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on November 23, 2008. In addition to his College Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, in June 2008 Manning was named to the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame for his early high school career at Page High School in North Carolina. He is also a member of the Lawrence High School Hall of Fame.

NBA career statisticsEdit

1988–89 LA Clippers 26 36.5 1.7 1.0 6.6 3.1 16.7 29 0 0 0 4
1989–90 LA Clippers 71 32.0 1.3 0.5 5.9 2.6 16.3 39 0 0 0 4
1990–91 LA Clippers 73 30.1 1.6 0.8 5.8 2.7 15.9 31 0 0 0 6
1991–92 LA Clippers 82 35.4 1.6 1.5 6.9 3.5 19.3 34 0 0 0 13
1992–93 LA Clippers 79 34.9 1.4 1.3 6.6 2.6 22.8 36 0 0 0 16
1993–94 LA Clippers/
1994–95 Phoenix 46 32.8 0.9 1.2 6.0 3.3 17.9 33 0 0 0 7
1995–96 Phoenix 33 24.7 1.2 0.7 4.3 2.0 13.4 32 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Phoenix 77 27.7 1.1 1.0 6.1 2.2 13.5 26 0 0 0 12
1997–98 Phoenix 70 25.6 1.0 0.7 5.6 2.0 13.5 35 0 0 0 6
1998–99 Phoenix 50 23.7 0.7 0.8 4.4 2.3 9.1 19 0 0 0 1
1999–00 Milwaukee 72 16.9 0.9 0.4 2.9 1.0 4.6 19 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Utah 82 15.9 0.6 0.4 2.6 1.1 7.4 25 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Dallas 41 13.5 0.5 0.5 2.6 0.7 4.0 13 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Detroit 13 6.8 0.7 0.2 1.4 0.5 2.6 18 0 0 0 0
Career 7 teams 883 27.4 1.1 0.9 5.2 2.3 14.0 43 1 0 1 83

Career transactionsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tulsa Agrees To Terms With Kansas' Danny Manning As New Head Basketball Coach". Archived from the original on October 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball – 1,000-Point Scorers".
  3. ^ "Tulsa Agrees to Terms with Kansas' Danny Manning as New Head Basketball Coach". Archived from the original on October 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Kansas Sports Hall of Fame – Manning, Danny". Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Huisman, Matthew (August 26, 2011). "Srinivasan Leaving O'Melveny to Become Deputy Solicitor General". The Blog of Legal Times. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Anderson, Dave. "The Seoul Olympics: Sports of the Times; N.B.A in 1992 Olympics?". Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Sources: Manning agrees to be coach at Tulsa". March 28, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kansas' Manning takes coaching job at Tulsa". March 29, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. ^ appWake Forest hires Danny Manning – ESPN
  11. ^ Bedore, Gary. Evan Manning to join KU as walk-on, Lawrence Journal-World, April 6, 2012
  12. ^ Manning's son will walk on to KU hoops team | Campus Corner Archived April 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Taylor Manning". Archived from the original on August 2, 2012.

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