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Inspiring keynotes from celebrated Kansas basketball player Danny Manning.

Danny Manning

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College basketball icon and NBA player Danny Manning now delivers inspirational appearances across the nation through corporate appearances, meet and greet events, brand endorsements, as well as speaking at keynotes about his esteemed career.

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Danny Manning is the son of former NBA player and coach Ed Manning, and began engaging with basketball from a very early age. Danny helped his high school to achieve a state title, along with a perfect 26-0 score record. Following his positive basketball career in high school, Manning continued his education at the University of Kansas, where he enjoyed one of the best collegiate careers in the history of the NCAA. He was recognized with the Big Eight Player of the Year Award three times, alongside two All-American honors.

Why you should book Danny Manning for your next event

  • With an esteemed collegiate and NBA basketball career, Danny Manning is an inspirational speaker who’s sure to entertain and engage your attendees with details of his life and overall athletics accomplishments.
  • Danny is available for a range of bookings, including meet and greets, speaking events, corporate appearances, and brand endorsements, making him the perfect choice for a variety of needs.
  • Manning is always a popular booking with event audiences, generating a buzz around gatherings that is always sure to increase attendance for sports events and generate publicity.


Following his early collegiate success, Danny Manning went on to lead the Jayhawks to the NCAA championships in 1988 and finished the game that year with the prestigious MVP award. Danny then played with the Los Angeles Clippers for six seasons, having been selected in the 1988 NBA draft as the first overall pick, and he earned 2 All-Star selections during this point of his career. Manning retired from playing in 2003, turning his attention instead to coaching and heading back to Kansas, where he helped as an assistant for nine years. After this, Danny Manning went to Tulsa University, where he was head coach of the basketball team in 2012, before being hired as coach for the Wake Forest University team in 2014. He led the Wake Forest team for six seasons.

Currently, Danny serves as associate head coach at the University of Louisville. During the 2021 NCAA tournament, Danny Manning was the colour commentator for the radio coverage provided by Westwood One. Manning also has a philanthropic side, having been involved with the Special Olympics and organisations such as Advocates for Athletic Equity and getting stuck in with numerous youth camps across the United States.


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Keynote topics


  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Political Advocacy
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Sports
  • Athletes
  • Coaches in Sports
  • Motivational
  • Perseverance
  • Broadcasting
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Danny Manning Press Conference: Virginia Tech

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