University of Kansas

Danny Manning named Tulsa basketball coach

Kansas assistant Danny Manning is the new Tulsa coach.

The school announced the hiring on its website on Thursday.

“His impact on young people will extend far beyond the TU basketball program and reach well into our campus and community," said Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley in a statement. "His 15 years in the NBA combined with the last nine years under one of the best coaches in the country, have helped mold him into a great teacher and coach of basketball. He most definitely brings the excitement, the style of basketball, and character that we were looking for in our head coach.”

Manning will continue to coach the Jayhawks during their Final Four weekend. Kansas meets Ohio State on Saturday in a national semifinal game.

Manning is the second Kansas assistant to find new employment this week. On Wednesday, Barry Hinson was introduced as Southern Illinois’ new head coach.

Manning has been on the Kansas bench since the end of his NBA career. The architect of the Jayhawks’ 1988 national championship, Manning served as a part time coach under Bill Self until 2007 until he was elevated to fulltime assistant.

Manning is Kansas’ career leader in scoring and rebounding.

As a coach, he’s been credited with developing the program’s big men, and eight such players have been NBA Draft selections: Wayne Simien, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris and Markeiff Morris.