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Daniel Ricardo "Danny" Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippimarker) is a retired Americanmarker professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Kansasmarker Jayhawks. Manning won the National Championship with the Jayhawks in 1988 as a player, and again on the coaching staff in 2008. He is the son of former NBA player Ed Manning.

College career

Considered one of the greatest players in University of Kansasmarker and college basketball history, the Lawrence, Kansasmarker high school graduate 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 Oklahomamarker 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 is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Professional career

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 returned for the 1989-1990 season. His most productive NBA season was 1992-1993, when he averaged 22.8 points a game and was selected to play in the All-Star Game. He was also 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 as the best reserve player in the NBA, averaging 13.5 points while playing about 26 minutes a game. At the time Manning held 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.

Coaching

He announced his retirement from professional basketball in 2003 and served for four years at the University of Kansasmarker 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 Universitymarker. Manning has become a key component of the Jayhawks coaching staff, filling vital roles in both recruiting and his work training the team's big men.

Statistics

SEASON TEAM GP MPG SPG BPG RPG APG PPG Hi 40+ 50+ TD DD
'88-89 LA Clippers 26 36.5 1.7 1.0 6.6 3.1 16.7 29 0 0 0 4
'89-90 LA Clippers 71 32.0 1.3 0.5 5.9 2.6 16.3 39 0 0 0 4
'90-91 LA Clippers 73 30.1 1.6 0.8 5.8 2.7 15.9 31 0 0 0 6
'91-92 LA Clippers 82 35.4 1.6 1.5 6.9 3.5 19.3 34 0 0 0 13
'92-93 LA Clippers 79 34.9 1.4 1.3 6.6 2.6 22.8 36 0 0 0 16
'93-94 LA Clippers Atlanta 42 26 38.0 35.6 1.3 1.8 1.4 1.0 7.0 6.5 4.2 3.3 23.7 15.7 43 24 1 0 0 0 1 0 9 5
'94-95 Phoenix 46 32.8 0.9 1.2 6.0 3.3 17.9 33 0 0 0 7
'95-96 Phoenix 33 24.7 1.2 0.7 4.3 2.0 13.4 32 0 0 0 0
'96-97 Phoenix 77 27.7 1.1 1.0 6.1 2.2 13.5 26 0 0 0 12
'97-98 Phoenix 70 25.6 1.0 0.7 5.6 2.0 13.5 35 0 0 0 6
'98-99 Phoenix 50 23.7 0.7 0.8 4.4 2.3 9.1 19 0 0 0 1
'99-00 Milwaukee 72 16.9 0.9 0.4 2.9 1.0 4.6 19 0 0 0 0
'00-01 Utah 82 15.9 0.6 0.4 2.6 1.1 7.4 25 0 0 0 0
'01-02 Dallas 41 13.5 0.5 0.5 2.6 0.7 4.0 13 0 0 0 0
'02-03 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


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References

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