Danny Manning

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 Wake Forest. 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.

Manning was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1988 NBA draft, and spent 15 seasons in the league. During his NBA career Manning scored 12,367 points and averaged 14.0 points per game. 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, and Greg Oden).

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Career highlights and awards
As player:

2× NBA All-Star (1993, 1994)
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1998)
NCAA champion (1988)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1988)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1988)
John R. Wooden Award (1988)
NABC Player of the Year (1988)
2× Consensus first-team All-American (1987, 1988)
Consensus second-team All-American (1986)
3× Big Eight Player of the Year (1986–1988)
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1987)
As assistant coach:

NCAA champion (2008) As head coach

C-USA regular season championship (2014)
C-USA Tournament championship (2014)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2014)

Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1987 Indianapolis National team
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul National team

 

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