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Yanni Hufnagel: The Future of College Basketball

With a Cornell Education and all the prestige that comes with an Ivy League degree, Yanni Hufnagel could have been anything he wanted to be, a doctor, a lawyer or a banker. Instead, Yanni Hufnagel choose a unique path that personifies who he is and has thrived in an unlikely field, College Basketball.


Currently an assistant coach to former NBA Head man Eric Musselman, at the University of Nevada at Reno, Yanni Hufnagel is one of College Basketball’s brightest young stars and should be taking over his own College Basketball program sooner than later.


Having been cut from his High School Basketball team in Scarsdale, New York, and having only experienced college sports for one year as a lacrosse player at Penn State University, Hufnagel’s rise in the high pressure world of Division I College Basketball is somewhat surprising. After completing a brief internship with the Nets upon his matriculation from Cornell, Hufnagel served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at the University of Oklahoma and was instrumental in the development of future NBA Star, Blake Griffin.


From Oklahoma, Hufnagel departed for Harvard where he quickly became known as an elite recruiter due to his ability to convince athletes to attend an Ivy League University that does not provide athletic scholarships, and requires rigorous academic achievement.


From Harvard, Hufnagel has been an assistant coach at other high level academic institutions include Vanderbilt University and the University of California. Known for his gaft of gab, Yanni Hufnagel is the rare Jewish College Basketball Coach and will be a name to watch in College Basketball circles for years to come.