Yanni Hufnagel is a tenacious basketball recruiter and scout. His fame in the sport is owed to his years of service as a college basketball assistant coach. Hufnagel is best known for helping the men’s basketball team of the prestigious Harvard University to attain its maiden victory, specifically during March Madness. On May 27, 2013, he was featured in Molly Parr’s Four Questions column.
In one of his responses, Hufnagel revealed that he was shifting from Harvard University to Vanderbilt University to serve as an assistant coach. He could not turn down the opportunity since Vanderbilt boasts all that Harvard has as far as having a stunning campus and being an elite academic institution are concerned. Aside from that, Hufnagel pointed out other contributing factors like the school’s academic support, its success in sending basketball players to the NBA, the area’s weather, and its SEC scholarships among others.
As a top college basketball recruiter, Yanni Hufnagel has worked with several college students who have gone ahead to become NBA stars including Blake Griffin and Jeremy Lin. In the course of recruiting promising basketball talent, he asks prospects three questions including: Are you a person he would like to be around? Are you coachable? Are you a winner?
According to Hufnagel, quantitative analysis is another recruiting trick that is increasingly gaining traction in the basketball world. Even though NBA has benefited considerably from the method, he does not see basketball transforming into anything like baseball, as the sport is more fluid.
Even though Yanni Hufnagel cannot dunk, he can shoot the ball with his feet set. What ’s more, he has coached excellent shooters whom he would entrust to take his team’s last shot.
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Well-known former American college basketball coach, Yanni Hufnagel is a force to reckon with in the basketball recruiting scene. As an assistant coach, he has worked for several teams such as the Harvard Crimson, Vanderbilt Commodores, and California Golden Bears. Aside from Basketball, Yanni Hufnagel holds a B.S degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and M.Ed. degree in Adult and Higher Education from Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma respectively.