Danny Manning is heading to Tulsa, but his son said “Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk.”
Evan Manning, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard, accepted an invitation from coach Bill Self to become a walk-on player next season, according to KUSports.com on Friday.
The younger Manning said that it has been a dream to don a uniform for the Jayhawks, whom his father led to the 1988 national championship as the inspiration for the nickname “Danny and the Miracles.”
“My dad is my No. 1 supporter,” Evan Manning told the website. “He’d love for me to play for him at Tulsa, but realizes how cool it is and what a great opportunity it is for me to play at Kansas.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play for KU and coach Self and be in Lawrence — to play in Allen Fieldhouse. It’d be awesome if my dad was still here, but I’m the biggest Tulsa fan out there right now. (Danny Manning) will do big things there.”
Evan Manning averaged just 9.0 points and 6.0 assists as a senior at New Hampton School in New Hampshire, according to the report. He previously played at Free State High School in Lawrence, KS.
While the elder Manning – who left KU’s staff for Tulsa after Monday’s national title game loss – was more heralded, he will be just as proud to see his son put on his old uniform.