Manning will answer to new coach Bill Self. He will have no coaching duties, but will "mentor and counsel" KU players on a day-to-day basis out of the men's basketball office, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
"Danny and I have had numerous discussions since my hiring in late April about various positions, including coaching positions," Self said. "(It) allows Danny to be around our basketball program on a daily basis and determine in the future if he does want to pursue a career in coaching."
"The opportunity to come back and work at my alma mater was too good to pass up," Manning said. "I'm also excited to learn from a great coach like Coach Self and his staff."
Manning is the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He had 2,951 points and 1,187 rebounds in four years at KU, and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
In his 15-year NBA career, he played for seven different teams, and had per game averages of 14.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 883 contests.