|No. 5, 6, 15, 25|
May 17, 1966 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (208 cm)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Lawrence (Lawrence, Kansas)
Page (Greensboro, North Carolina)
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers|
|Pro playing career||1988–2003|
|1988–1994||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2003–2006||Kansas (director of student-athlete development / team manager)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||12,367 (14.0 ppg)|
|Assists||2,063 (2.3 apg)|
|Steals||1,000 (1.1 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Daniel Ricardo "Danny" 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 Tulsa. 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 on the coaching staff in 2008.
Considered one of the greatest players in University of Kansas history, he led the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks to the National Championship against the Oklahoma Sooners. Manning left KU as its men's basketball program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder after leading the Jayhawks to the 1986 Final Four and the 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship. The 6-foot-10 forward was the all-time leading scorer in the Big Eight Conference 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 the University of 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 the Jayhawks' less-than-impressive 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 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."
Manning was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1988 NBA Draft, and spent more than a decade in the league. During his NBA career Manning scored 12,367 points and averaged 14.0 points per game. 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.
Continuing knee problems forced Manning to become a part-time player in 1996 after he had undergone two more surgeries. 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 and Amar'e Stoudemire). Manning was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999, but played for different teams during each of his final four seasons in the league.
College coaching career
Assistant at Kansas
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 and Markieff Morris 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.
On April 4, 2012, Manning was officially announced as Tulsa's head coach. 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 regular season. With the fifth-least-experience 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.
Head coaching record
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Conference USA) (2012–present)|
|2012–2013||Tulsa||17–16||8–8||6th||CBI First Round|
|Tulsa:||35–28 (.556)||21–11 (.656)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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, while his daughter, Taylor, is a member of the Kansas volleyball team. 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 (Kan.) High School Hall of Fame.
- Drafted by Los Angeles Clippers in 1st round of 1988 NBA Draft (1st overall) on June 28, 1988
- Traded by Clippers to Atlanta Hawks for Dominique Wilkins and 1994 or 1995 conditional 1st-round pick (1994 - #25 - Greg Minor) on February 24, 1994
- Signed as free agent by Phoenix Suns to one-year, $1 million contract on September 3, 1994
- Re-signed by Suns to six-year, $40 million USD contract with team-option for seventh year on October 12, 1995
- Traded by Suns with Pat Garrity, of the New York Knicks' and Suns 2001 1st-round pick (#18 - Jason Collins), to Orlando Magic for Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway on August 5, 1999
- Traded by Magic with Dale Ellis to Milwaukee Bucks for Chris Gatling and Armon Gilliam on August 19, 1999
- Waived by Bucks on August 2, 2000
- Signed by Utah Jazz on August 11, 2000
- Signed by Dallas Mavericks on July 31, 2001
- Waived by Mavericks on June 24, 2002
- Signed by Detroit Pistons on February 5, 2003
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 145 games played
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
- "TULSA AGREES TO TERMS WITH KANSAS' DANNY MANNING AS NEW HEAD BASKETBALL COACH". tulsahurrricane.com.
- THE SEOUL OLYMPICS: SPORTS OF THE TIMES; N.B.A in 1992 Olympics? - New York Times
- Danny Manning agrees to be coach at Tulsa, sources say - ESPN
- Danny Manning of Kansas Jayhawks agrees to coach Tulsa Golden Hurricane - ESPN
- Bedore, Gary. Evan Manning to join KU as walk-on, Lawrence Journal-World, April 6, 2012
- Manning's son will walk on to KU hoops team | Campus Corner
- "Taylor Manning". KUAthletics.com.
- University of Kansas Men's Basketball
- Danny Manning's career statistics at Basketball-Reference
- Manning's Tulsa coach profile