At first glance Yanni Hufnagel might seem rather unassuming, a lithe, young Jewish man who was raised in Scarsdale and had a youthful penchant for basketball. However, Yanni Hufnagel along is anything but ordinary. In high school a youthfully optimistic Hufnagel learned to shoot, got pretty good at it but ultimately he was not good enough for Varsity and was eventually kicked off the team. He quickly realized that though he might not be able to make it as a pro player himself he knew that his theoretical grasp on the game was second to none. With these thoughts in mind he quickly gained a position as a recruiter and basketball coach at Harvard for The Crimson’s.
This opportunity provided quick momentous, not just for Yanni Hufnagel’s career but also for the Crimson’s win record. In the four seasons which Mr. Hufnagel has coached for the Crimsons they won the Ivy League for the first time in their tenure. Additionally, Hufnagel’s recruiting skills have also netted Harvard the 6’3 basketball phenom known as Jeremy Lin which has brought both men into the spotlight of the broader basketball world.
As of 2011, Yanni Hufnagel was voted one of the most likely to make it as a top recruiter in the basketball industry by CBS. The basketball coach Josh Pastner of the University of Memphis has also publicly stated that, “Yanni is a better recruiter than I am.” High praise indeed! As one might have assumed from Mr. Hufnagel proclivity for recruiting, he did indeed rise high in his profession and now works for the Nevada Wolf Pack Men’s Basketball Team and still keeps in touch with his old friend, Jeremy Lin who himself is now one of the most famous basketball players in the world.