Danny Manning
Manning in 2015
Louisville Cardinals
PositionAssociate head coach
LeagueAtlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1966-05-17) May 17, 1966 (age 57)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeKansas (1984–1988)
NBA draft1988: 1st round, 1st overall pick
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career1988–2003
PositionPower forward
Number25, 5, 15, 6
Coaching career2006–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:
20062012Kansas (assistant)
20142020Wake Forest
2021Maryland (assistant)
2021–2022Maryland (interim HC)
2022–presentLouisville (associate HC)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points12,367 (14.0 ppg)
Rebounds4,615 (5.2 rpg)
Assists2,063 (2.3 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2008
Men's basketball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1987 Indianapolis National team
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul National team
Assistant coach for  United States
United States Under-18 National Team
FIBA U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2018 Canada Team competition

Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and former professional player who is the Associate Head Mens Basketball Coach at the University of Louisville. Manning played high school basketball at Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, North Carolina,[1] as well as Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas. He played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks, and played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 14 years.[2] 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.[3]

Early life

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,[4] Manning averaged 18.8 points and nine rebounds per game, leading the Pirates to a 26–0 record and the state title.[5]

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.[6] While in Lawrence High, Manning was in the same high school class as Alibaba's Joe Tsai's wife - Clara Wu[7] and played alongside future United States D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan.[8]

College career

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 NABC awards as the college player of the year in 1988.

In Kansas's 83–79 victory over Oklahoma in the 1988 NCAA Championship Game, 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. Kansas retired his famous #25 in February 1992. He is the twelfth all-time leading scorer in NCAA Basketball history, behind Oscar Robertson.[9]

Manning was selected to the last all-collegiate 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. Manning failed to score even a single point in that game, and afterward called it "one of the biggest disappointments of my life."[10]

On April 2, 2020, The Sporting News deemed Manning the second-best player all-time since the NCAA bracket expanded.[11]

Professional career

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. In Los Angeles, he played for head coaches Gene Shue, Don Casey, Mike Schuler, Mack Calvin, Larry Brown and Bob Weiss. In Atlanta, he played for Lenny Wilkens.

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). In Phoenix, he played for head coaches Paul Westphal, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Danny Ainge, and Scott Skiles.

Manning was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Pat Garrity and a conditional first-round draft pick for Penny 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 played for George Karl. He spent the final three years of his career with the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, and Detroit Pistons. In Utah, he provided valuable scoring off the bench, as the Jazz were on the lookout for veteran role players to surround stars John Stockton and Karl Malone. He would average 7.4 points per game and 2.6 rebounds during the 2001 season as the Jazz qualified for the NBA Playoffs, where they faced a young and talented Dallas Mavericks team. He would average 10.6 points in the series. In 2001, Manning headed to Dallas to play for Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson. He finished his NBA career in Detroit (2003) playing for head coach Rick Carlisle.

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 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 the 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 and was part of one NCAA national title, two Final Fours, five NCAA Elite Eight appearances, eight Big 12 regular-season conference titles, five Big 12 tournament championships, and 269 career victories.[12][13]


On April 4, 2012, Manning was officially announced as Tulsa's head coach.[2][14] 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 an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 2003. The Golden Hurricane lost in the second round to the UCLA Bruins 76–59. Manning was named the 2014 Conference USA Coach of the Year.[15] He was also a finalist for two national Coach of the Year awards including the Jim Phelan Award and the Ben Jobe Award.[16] Seven players moved on to play professional basketball once their careers concluded at Tulsa.

Wake Forest

On April 4, 2014, Manning agreed to become the head coach at Wake Forest University.[17] He guided 14 players who went on to play professionally, including NBA players John Collins and Jaylen Hoard.[13] Manning's work in player development was evident with Collins being the named the 2017 ACC Most Improved Player while Doral Moore in 2018 and Olivier Sarr in 2020 were runner-ups in the voting for the award. In the third season at WF, the team went 19-14 and reached the NCAA First Four, its first postseason appearance in seven seasons. Wake Forest ranked in the top 10 nationally in offensive efficiency, averaged 82.8 points per game, and set school records with 268 3-pointers and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.[13] The Deacs were led by All-American John Collins, who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 19 overall selection of the NBA draft.[18] Following the season, Manning received the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award. His first season at the helm in 2014-15, a young Demon Deacon squad that had three freshmen among its top five scorers developed throughout the season despite a 13-19 record. Five of their wins came against teams that competed in the postseason, including a victory over eventual NCAA Sweet 16 squad NC State, while three of their losses were by single digits to teams ranked in the top-five nationally. The Demon Deacons went 11-20 during Manning's second season, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Maui Invitational. In 2017-18, the Deacs posted a pair of wins over Sweet 16 teams, downing Syracuse and Florida State and last year posted a win over a nationally-ranked NC State squad.  In 2019-20, the Demon Deacons posted wins over nationally-ranked Xavier and Duke. 16 players made the dean's list and 29 players made 3.0 at some point during their career at WF.[13] After going 78–111 in six seasons—only 1 winning record and never finishing better than 10th in the ACC—Manning was dismissed on April 25, 2020 from Wake Forest.[19][20]

USA Basketball

In 2014, Manning served as a court coach at the 2014 USA Men's U18 National Team training camp with coaches Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder), Ed Cooley (Providence College) and Sean Miller (University of Arizona). The 2014 team won the Gold Medal.[21] In 2017, he served with coaches John Calipari (Kentucky) and Tad Boyle (Colorado). The 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup was held in Cairo, Egypt, winning a Bronze Medal.[22] In 2018, he served with Kansas head coach Bill Self, Dayton head coach Anthony Grant, won the U18 team, Gold Medal, competing in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario.[23]


In 2021, Manning joined the coaching staff of his former Kansas teammate Mark Turgeon at Maryland. After Turgeon stepped down as head coach on December 2, 2021, Manning was named Interim Head Coach.[24] Maryland finished the season 15-17 with seven quad 1 & 2 wins, four top 25 wins after playing 18 games vs teams in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Maryland finished first in the Big Ten in both free throws made (456) and free throw percentage (.760), while ranking third in free throws attempted (600). The Terrapins were 13-1 when leading with 5:00 minutes to play, with its one loss of the season coming at No. 3 Purdue. They were also 10-4 when out-rebounding their opponent on the season.


Manning was hired as Associate Head Basketball Coach at the University of Louisville on April 15, 2022.[25] The team finished with only four wins and the worst season in modern history of Louisville men’s basketball.[26]

Other work

Manning served as a color commentator for Westwood One's radio coverage of the 2021 NCAA tournament.[27]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
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) (2014–2020)
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
2019–20 Wake Forest 13–18 6–14 T–13th
Wake Forest: 78–111 (.413) 30–80 (.273)
Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Conference) (2021–2022)
2021–22* Maryland 10–14 7–13 T–10th
Maryland: 10–14 (.417) 7–13 (.350)
Total: 126–154 (.450)

      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

*Interim coach


Manning has been involved with and served with the Special Olympics, NBA Retired Players Association, Advocates for Athletic Equity (AAE) (formerly Black Coaches Association), National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Boys & Girls Club, Kansas Governors Council on Fitness, Lawrence Community Shelter, NBA Read to Achieve Program, Sunflower State Games/Grand Canyon State Games, Grand Canyon State Games as well as numerous youth camps across the country.

Personal life

Manning is the son of former NBA player, Ed Manning. Manning's own son, Evan, was a walk-on for the men's basketball team at Kansas where he played for four seasons and is a graduate assistant at Gonzaga, later an assistant coach at Army West Point, and currently Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Arizona <https://arizonawildcats.com/news/2023/8/29/mens-basketball-evan-manning-named-director-of-basketball-operations.aspx> [28][29] while his daughter, Taylor, was 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 High School Hall of Fame.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league

Regular season

1988–89 L.A. Clippers 26 18 36.5 .494 .200 .767 6.6 3.1 1.7 1.0 16.7
1989–90 L.A. Clippers 71 42 32.0 .533 .000 .741 5.9 2.6 1.3 0.5 16.3
1990–91 L.A. Clippers 73 47 30.1 .519 .000 .716 5.8 2.7 1.6 0.8 15.9
1991–92 L.A. Clippers 82 82 35.4 .542 .000 .725 6.9 3.5 1.6 1.5 19.3
1992–93 L.A. Clippers 79 77 34.9 .509 .267 .802 6.6 2.6 1.4 1.3 22.8
1993–94 L.A. Clippers 42 41 38.0 .493 .143 .674 7.0 4.2 1.3 1.4 23.7
1993–94 Atlanta 26 25 35.6 .476 .333 .651 6.5 3.3 1.8 1.0 15.7
1994–95 Phoenix 46 19 32.8 .547 .286 .673 6.0 3.3 0.9 1.2 17.9
1995–96 Phoenix 33 4 24.7 .459 .214 .752 4.3 2.0 1.2 0.7 13.4
1996–97 Phoenix 77 17 27.7 .536 .194 .721 6.1 2.2 1.1 1.0 13.5
1997–98 Phoenix 70 11 25.6 .516 .000 .739 5.6 2.0 1.0 0.7 13.5
1998–99 Phoenix 50* 5 23.7 .484 .111 .696 4.4 2.3 0.7 0.8 9.1
1999–00 Milwaukee 72 0 16.9 .440 .250 .654 2.9 1.0 .9 0.4 4.6
2000–01 Utah 82 0 15.9 .494 .250 .729 2.6 1.1 0.6 0.4 7.4
2001–02 Dallas 41 10 13.5 .477 .143 .667 2.6 .7 .5 0.5 4.0
2002–03 Detroit 13 0 6.8 .406 .375 .833 1.4 .5 0.7 0.2 2.6
Career 883 398 27.4 .511 .206 .729 5.2 2.3 1.1 0.9 14.0
All-Star 2 0 17.5 .750 4.0 1.5 .0 .5 9.0


1992 L.A. Clippers 5 5 38.8 .568 .333 .645 5.6 2.8 1.0 .8 22.6
1993 L.A. Clippers 5 5 34.2 .412 .000 .808 7.2 1.6 1.4 1.0 18.2
1994 Atlanta 11 11 38.7 .488 .788 7.0 3.4 1.4 .8 20.0
1996 Phoenix 4 0 22.5 .458 .000 .625 2.8 1.3 1.0 .3 12.3
1997 Phoenix 5 0 23.2 .578 .000 .933 6.0 1.4 .8 1.4 13.2
1999 Phoenix 3 1 26.3 .583 .769 1.7 2.0 1.3 .0 12.7
2000 Milwaukee 1 0 5.0 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2001 Utah 5 0 19.2 .559 1.000 .750 2.2 .6 .6 .8 9.8
2003 Detroit 4 0 3.5 .333 .000 .8 .0 .0 .3 .5
Career 43 22 27.7 .501 .250 .766 4.7 1.9 1.0 .7 14.6

See also


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  3. ^ "Men's Basketball – 1,000-Point Scorers". KUAthletics.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tulsa Agrees to Terms with Kansas' Danny Manning as New Head Basketball Coach". Archived from the original on October 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Kansas' Larry Brown hired an old truck driver and got a - 10.17.83 - SI Vault". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Kansas Sports Hall of Fame – Manning, Danny". www.kshof.org. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Joe Tsai on His Passion for Education & Sports | American Ballers – YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Huisman, Matthew (August 26, 2011). "Srinivasan Leaving O'Melveny to Become Deputy Solicitor General". The Blog of Legal Times. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "Points Career Leaders and Records". Sports-Reference. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
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  11. ^ "Ranking 68 greatest players of March Madness expanded-bracket era". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  12. ^ "Sources: Manning agrees to be coach at Tulsa". ESPN.com. March 28, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d "Danny Manning - Men's Basketball Coach". Wake Forest University Athletics. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  14. ^ "Kansas' Manning takes coaching job at Tulsa". ESPN.com. March 29, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Middleton, Chad (March 12, 2014). "Really? Tulsa Coach Danny Manning Is Named Conference USA Coach Of The Year". 600 ESPN El Paso. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  16. ^ Staff Reports. "TU coach Danny Manning finalist for national coach of the year". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  17. ^ Goodman, Jeff (April 4, 2014). "Wake Forest hires Danny Manning". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Rob. "John Collins Picked No. 19 Overall by Hawks After Atlanta Trades Dwight Howard". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  19. ^ "Wake Forest Announces Head Men's Basketball Coach Transition". godeacs.com. April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  20. ^ Tait, Matt (April 25, 2020). "Danny Manning dismissed by Wake Forest". KUsports.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  21. ^ "Manning Returns to USA Basketball Roots". www.usab.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  22. ^ "Calipari, Boyle And Manning To Lead USA Men's U19 World Cup Team". www.usab.com. Archived from the original on March 8, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  23. ^ "Self, Grant and Manning to Lead USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team". www.usab.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2020. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  24. ^ "Maryland Terrapins men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon steps down after 10-plus seasons". ESPN.com. December 3, 2021.
  25. ^ "Hall of Famer Danny Manning Joins Payne's Coaching Staff". GoCards.com.
  26. ^ Rutherford, Mike (March 7, 2023). "Louisville ends worst season in program history with 80-62 loss to Boston College". Card Chronicle.
  27. ^ "Westwood One Presents Exclusive Multiplatform Audio Coverage of the 2021 Ncaa® men's basketball tournament". March 16, 2021.
  28. ^ Bedore, Gary. Evan Manning to join KU as walk-on, Lawrence Journal-World, April 6, 2012
  29. ^ Manning's son will walk on to KU hoops team | Campus Corner Archived April 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine