A native of Scarsdale, New York, Yanni Hufnagel has been impacting the sports world for quite some time. Hufnagel has been a player, commentator and now an assistant coach. He has a passion for the game and has become well respected as a top college basketball recruiter. His work has helped to impact some top players, several of which are in the NBA today.
Hufnagel worked as an assistant coach for the Harvard Crimson for several years. Working under Tommy Amaker, former Duke star, Hufnagel helped the Crimson to make multiple NCAA tournament appearances. Harvard had four twenty-win seasons while Hufnagel was an assistant coach. The team also won four conference titles during this time. Hufnagel became recognized for his ability to recruit and was praised by many national organizations like ESPN and CBS Sports.
After Harvard, Hufnagel moved to Vanderbilt University. Hufnagel was able to continue the success he had previously at Harvard. He continued excelling as a recruiter. In 2014 he had one of the top recruiting classes in the country ranking in the top 30. That recruiting class included Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis, both who would go on to play professionally. Hufnagel was so impressive that he was invited to participate in a conference held by Nike. This conference had some of the top athletic directors and assistant basketball coaches that were viewed as future leaders.
Hufnagel has been able to work with many top names during his career. He has worked under well-known head coaches like Kevin Stallings and Cuonzo Martin. He had a huge role in developing NBA star Blake Griffin when he was at Oklahoma University. As an assistant at California University, Hufnagel was responsible for recruiting Jaylen brown and Ivan Rabb, both who are playing professionally. Yanni Hufnagel has proven he is a top-level recruiter and assistant basketball coach.