When you grow up in Scarsdale and you can’t make the varsity basketball team, you have a few options: find another sport, study hard, or become an excellent basketball analyst.
That’s what Yanni Hufnagel did, and it’s paying huge dividends. As the former assistant basketball coach at Harvard, he enjoyed a four-year run of success. Today, his basketball acumen is legendary and his skills as a recruiter are second to none.
At the tender age of 30, Hufnagel’s resume would make even the most experienced coaches raise their eyebrows. In 2009 he joined Harvard’s program as an assistant coach. Perhaps the highest praise came from a CBS Sports Survey, where his peers acknowledged that his recruiting skills would propel him to the professional level.
His Harvard days included the discovery of Jeremy Lin and Wesley Saunders, who he then helped become top caliber players. Another honor included being selected to a dream team of assistant college coaches.
Moving on to Vanderbilt in 2013 Yanni again struck gold by signing Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davies to the program. He would next travel to University of California, Berkeley. Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb were his top recruits, cementing Yanni’s reputation as an ace recruiter.
He’s won praise from worthy opponents on the college and national level. Besides his chutzpah, Yanni Hufnagel is a convincing salesman – as evidenced by his ability to bring star players to the Ivy League, where scholarships don’t exist.
These days, Yanni Hufnagel works as an assistant coach at Nevada – the team is heading in to the 2017 Mountain West Tournament as the #1 seed.
With a promising future and excellent recruiting skills, Yanni Hufnagel’s ascension to the pro ranks is a slam dunk.
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