During the May 30 Rotary weekly meeting, Chris Lincoln, KTUL Sports Director announced this year’s keynote speaker of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards will be Danny Manning, The University of Tulsa’s new basketball coach, former collegiate and NBA player, and Olympic medalist.
One of college basketball’s most outstanding players in the history of the sport, Danny Manning became The University of Tulsa’s 29th basketball coach this year, just days before he would be coaching in the NCAA Final Four as a member of the University of Kansas coaching staff. Manning helped lead the Jayhawks back to the NCAA Final Four with an overall 32-7 record and a Big 12 Conference regular season championship.
During his time on staff at KU, he 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. As an assistant coach in 2008 and player in 1988, Manning was on the floor for KU’s last two national championships.
In his role as KU assistant coach, Manning worked with the Jayhawks’ big men and earned a reputation as one of the best coaches of big men in the country. He coached 10 NBA draft picks, including seven first round selections. He also coached two Academic All-Americans.
A Jayhawks’ legend, Manning is Kansas’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder, racking up 2,951 points and 1,187 boards in his illustrious four-year career. Manning, the eighth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, was named a consensus first-team All-America selection in 1987 and 1988, the consensus College Player of the Year in 1988 and a three-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1986, 1987 and 1988).
Manning was named the 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player en route to leading the Jayhawks to an 83-79 victory over Oklahoma for the 1988 national championship. He was also named the MVP of the NCAA Midwest Regional in 1986 and 1988. The 1986 KU squad finished 35-4 and advanced to the Final Four in Dallas.
Manning won a Bronze Medal as a member of the 1988 USA Olympic Team. In 2005 he became part of a 20-person committee to help select the U.S. Olympic basketball team and its coaches. Additionally, Manning has been an ambassador for the Governor’s Council on Fitness for the state of Kansas and a guest lecturer with university classes and other KU athletic teams.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Manning played for seven different professional teams ¬- the Clippers, Hawks, Suns, Bucks, Jazz, Mavericks and Pistons. He boasts averages of 14.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during his NBA career, spanning 883 total games. Manning was a two-time NBA All-Star (1993 and 1994), and won the league’s Sixth Man Award in 1998. During his playing days, Manning was a representative for the NBA Players Association.
Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to his College Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, in 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 (Kan.) High School Hall of Fame.
The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize a male and a female premiere athlete who has excelled in their sport, and who exemplifies a high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba, by demonstrating a desire to help others. Henry P. Iba was former basketball coach for Oklahoma State University and three U.S. Olympic basketball teams.