When Wake Forest takes the floor for the second game of the 2015 ACC tournament Tuesday afternoon against Virginia Tech, Deacons head coach Danny Manning will accomplish a first.
It will be the first ACC tournament game that Manning has attended in person.
Despite growing up in Greensboro, where he starred for Page High School, and being the son of a professional basketball player, it’s somewhat surprising that Manning never ventured into the Coliseum for the ACC tournament. He talked about those days Monday after his 11th-seeded Deacons (13-18, 5-13 ACC) wrapped up their practice session. They will play 15th seed Virginia Tech (10-21, 2-16) at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, following the 1 p.m. contest between 12th seed Boston College (12-18, 4-14) and 13th seed Georgia Tech (12-18, 3-15).
“I remember coming to this building a lot to watch my father play,” Manning said of his father Ed, who played for the Carolina Cougars in the old ABA. “And I played some high school games here.”
But that was as close to the ACC that Manning ever came. Despite being a major recruiting target of such ACC stalwarts as North Carolina and N.C. State in the early 1980s, Manning ended up at Kansas ...