Wake Forest signs basketball coach Manning to contract extension

Despite a disappointing 2-4 start, the fourth-year coach led the Deacons to the NCAA tourney last year and has a top-10 recruiting class signed for 2018

Wake Forest coach Danny Manning reacts to a play during a loss to Liberty earlier this season (Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports)

  The Wake Forest basketball team is off to a 2-4 start with losses to Georgia Southern, Liberty and Drake on its record. But despite the disappointing start, athletic director Rob Wellman is convinced the program is heading in the right direction.

  He made that known Saturday by announcing that coach Danny Manning has signed a contract extension. Not details on the length and terms of the new deal were provided.

  “Danny is attracting highly-rated and quality young men to our program and he has proven his ability to develop that talent,” Wellman said in a statement. “Our program will continue to improve and we will realize the lofty goals that we have for the program​.”

  Manning, who has compiled a 44-56 record in three-plus seasons with the Deacons, helped end a seven-year drought by leading his team into the NCAA tournament last season.

  Although this year’s squad has taken a step back without big man John Collins, who left after his sophomore season to become a first round NBA draft pick, Manning has already amassed a 2018 recruiting class ranked among the nation’s top 10.