Maryland men’s basketball adds former Wake Forest coach Danny Manning as assistant

The Maryland men’s basketball team on Monday announced the addition of former Wake Forest and Tulsa head coach Danny Manning to the staff as an assistant coach.

Manning also served as an assistant at Kansas and is a former Jayhawks teammate of Terps coach Mark Turgeon. The 54-year-old fills the vacated spot left by DeAndre Haynes, who joined Shaka Smart’s staff at Marquette as an assistant on April 16.


“I’m thrilled to add Danny to our coaching staff,” Turgeon said in a release. “I’ve known Danny for a long time going back to our days as teammates at Kansas and I cannot say enough about him as a coach and as a human being. He has seen it all in the game of basketball and will bring unparalleled experience to our program. Danny has history recruiting in the DMV region and has many ties locally, as well as nationally. I am excited for him to get to College Park and meet the tremendous guys in our locker room.”

Manning, Kansas’ all-time leading scorer, was named the National Player of the Year in 1988. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1988 NBA draft and played 15 seasons, being named to two All-Star teams and voted the 1997-98 Sixth Man of the Year.


After retiring as a player in 2003, he joined his alma mater as director of student-athlete development and team manager under coach Bill Self. He was promoted to assistant coach in 2007 and worked in that capacity for five years. In 2012, he was named head coach at Tulsa, where he compiled a 38-29 record in two seasons and captured an NCAA tournament berth.

Manning took the job at Wake Forest in 2014 and was fired in April 2020 after six seasons with a 78-111 record and one NCAA tournament appearance. He spent the past season as a college basketball commentator for ESPN.

A three-time consensus All-American forward, Manning will likely take a lead role in developing frontcourt players such as incoming transfer center Qudus Wahab, sophomore Donta Scott and incoming freshman Julian Reese. Over the years, Manning has coached future NBA pros such as Marcus and Markieff Morris and John Collins.

“I want to thank Coach Turgeon and [athletic director] Damon Evans for the tremendous opportunity to join the University of Maryland men’s basketball program,” Manning said in a release. “I’m looking forward to reuniting with Coach. We have known each other for quite some time and been through a lot of battles together over the years. I am excited to help Coach build on the success he has had at Maryland. This is a great opportunity to learn from Coach and his staff and be a part of a wonderful conference in the Big Ten.”

This story has been updated.