Yanni Hufnagel deserves his own Division I college program. The Jewish assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Reno, is in his early 30s and has already proven his recruiting skills. If put in charge of an entire Division I program, he could turn it into a powerhouse. Let’s look at what he has done already.
As the assistant coach and top recruiter for UC Berkeley, he put together one of the country’s best back courts with recruits like 2016 NBA Draft picks Jaylen Brown and Tyrone Wallace.
In 2014 at Vanderbilt, Yanni Hufnagel recruited Wade Baldwin IV and Matthew Fisher-Davis. This led to an all-time high in three-point percentage for the Nashville University. Each player was also drafted into the NBA, by the Memphis grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors respectively.
In four years at Harvard University, Yanni Hufnagel coached Jeremy Lin and led the school to a 79-24 record. He was able to recruit an Ivy League championship caliber roster despite the fact that Harvard does not award athletic scholarships nor does the Ivy League school reduce its academic prerequisites for athletes. He was named assistant coach most likely to succeed because of recruiting skills in a CBS Sports poll after a 2011 season that achieved a school record 26 wins and saw Harvard nationally ranked for the first time in its history.
Yanni Hufnagel would be able to hire a fleet of assistant coaches and train them how to recruit. He would also put his incredibly effective basketball mind to work on the court. His program would undoubtedly take off and he would rise to basketball stardom despite the fact he was cut from his high school varsity basketball team in Scarsdale, New York.