As mens college basketball goes, there are many ways to recruit and coach. For some it comes natural as they have been a part of the game, played it and studied it. For Yanni Hufnagel he took a different route to become the coach and recruiter that he is today.
Yanni Hufnagel didn’t play high school basketball or college basketball. In fact he was cut from the high school team. After being cut he was not a manager for the team, but instead joined the broadcast team for the local telecast for his Alma matter’s basketball team.
Even from an early age Yanni Hufnagel studied basketball, so as a color commentator he understood the game years ahead of his time. Yanni did not stop there nor give up on his dream to be a part of basketball. After graduating from Cornell University he earned an internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.
Yanni Hufnagel then went to the University of Oklahoma to earn his Master’s degree and worked with the men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant. It was during that time that he helped coach a young Blake Griffin.
After earning his Master’s and gaining experience in Oklahoma, Yanni was then hired as an assistant coach at Harvard. During his time at Harvard he helped coach Jeremy Lin, another NBA prospect.
After Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel then had opportunities at UC Berkley followed by his current employer, the University of Nevada as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack. Yanni has not had a shot at being a head coach, but with the projected path he has been on, it will only be a matter of time until he gets his shot. Through all of his experience, Yanni has become one of the best college basketball recruiters in the country.