Yanni Hufnagel has a reputable name in college basketball. It wasn’t always that way. The Scarsdale, New York native worked hard over the past decade to showcase his skills as an assistant basketball coach with several different division one programs.
He’s now a top level recruiter with a knack for landing big talent on the D1 level. His resume sports some big time work for college basketball programs. Oklahoma, Harvard, Nevada, Vanderbilt and Cal are all programs Yanni has helped.
His hard work with Harvard helped the Crimson to a first Ivy League title in school history. He has spent time under the tutelage of several big name coaches. Tommy Amaker, Kevin Stallings and Eric Musselman have all utilized his various skills as an assistant coach. Cuonzo Martin also needed the services of Yanni for two seasons at California.
His alma mater is Cornell. Hufnagel interned with the New Jersey Nets and learned about the pro game. That only adds to his rich experience surrounding hoops.
Yanni also attended Oklahoma where he worked as a graduate assistant coach. It was there he had an immediate impact. Working with players like future NBA star Blake Griffin, Yanni helped the Sooners develop back into a national contender.
He helped Harvard really blossom as an assistant coach. He worked with future NBA player Jeremy Lin. The Crimson were in the national spotlight thanks in part to Yanni.
Hufnagel helped recruit Vanderbilt star and current NBA player Wade Baldwin IV.
His vast experience with different programs really sets Yanni apart from other coaching prospects. Hufnagel has gathered different approaches from some talented coaches. He relates to players very well as seen on the recruiting path. He might be the top recruiting mind in the nation.