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Wake hires Manning

Danny Manning grew up watching Wake Forest play basketball at the Greensboro Coliseum, memories that linger all these years later.

He never thought one day he would coach the Demon Deacons.

Manning, a former Kansas star who spent the past two seasons coaching Tulsa to a 38-29 mark and two postseason berths, was hired Friday as Wake Forest's coach. He will be introduced at a news conference next week on campus in Winston-Salem, N.C., a short drive from where he grew up.

"I spent a lot of my formative childhood years in North Carolina," Manning, 47, said Friday. "I spent the majority of my life in Kansas, but this was a chance to be a part of a university that I share the same values and history with."

His hiring ends Wake's two-week search to replace Jeff Bzdelik.

Honors: Creighton's Doug McDermott, who led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average, won the Wooden Award, given to college basketball's top player as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He was also named player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Exits: N.C. State sophomore guard Tyler Lewis said he is transferring to Butler. … UNLV forward Roscoe Smith, the Mountain West's top rebounder, will skip his senior year to enter the NBA draft.

Wake hires Manning 04/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:59pm]
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