"I'm excited for D, for getting that job. Him and Coach Hinson are more than deserving of getting a head coaching job," Robinson said. "He's meant almost everything to my game."
Parmley said it wasn't just Manning's work with the big men that captured his attention, but his overall knowledge of the game — and all the basketball minds that he's been around, from Larry Brown as a player at Kansas to his coaches in the NBA and Self in recent years.
Tulsa's athletic director believes that mixture of experience will allow Manning to take a program that has had plenty of success to another level.
"I don't think the young kids today will remember who Danny is or know who Danny is, but at the end of the day, those experiences definitely matter," Parmley said. "All that plays a factor to build a person who, in my belief, is now ready to be a head basketball coach."
AP Sports Writer Jeff Latzke in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
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