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Yanni Hufnagel Proves A Success With Vanderbilt And Other Basketball Groups

August 11, 2018 • fishcarolina

The respected basketball coach, Yanni Hufnagel has been developing his skills as a basketball coach and recruiter for many years. In the history of the game, few assistant coaches have achieved the levels of success seen by Hufnagel over the last decade. Yanni Hufnagel has not limited himself to exploring the sector of college sports with his professional appointment that of an intern at the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. Following this, the New York native embarked on a college-based basketball coaching career with success following his every move.


The mentor in the Partners for Youth with Disabilities program in Boston began his career as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma. Upon arriving on the Sooners campus, Hufnagel was given the chance to aid in the development of the career of Blake Griffin during his time at the college. Working with Griffin during the 2008-2009 season led to the Los Angeles Clippers taking the player as the number one draft pick of 2009 and Hufnagel being lauded for his coaching of the NBA superstar.


Following his excellent work with the University of Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel decided to further his career with a more prominent role at Harvard University where he would coach future NBA star, Jeremy Lin. At Harvard, the recruiting skills of Yanni Hufnagel became the focus of many experts who lauded the classes he helped assemble in 2011, 2012, and 2013. By the end of his time at Harvard University, Hufnagel had been identified by CBS Sports as one of their dream team of assistant coaches on the college circuit.


It was as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University that Yanni Hufnagel really came into his own helping lead the team to four 20 win seasons and three Ivy League titles. In 2014, the Cornell University graduate assisted in developing a recruiting class rated by ESPN as among the top 30 in the nation.

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