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Hall of Famer Danny Manning - Part II

Danny Manning (left) and Bill Self (AP Photo)

Danny Manning arrived at Lawrence High School in 1983 for his senior season with great fanfare and compared to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. High school super scout Howard Garfinkel called Manning the "best swingman since Benny Goodman," while KU coach Larry Brown eventually hailed the 6-10 wunderkind for immortality.

“This kid has the chance to be thought of in light of the best when his career is over,” Brown told Basketball Times. Danny Manning, though, never got caught up in all the hosannas. Off the court at LHS, the 17-year-old senior was just enjoying being one of the guys and forming great friendships with classmates like teammate Jeff Johnson, Tom Whitenight, and basketball/volleyball standout Amy...

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