***UPDATE*** June 8th, 2017– Yanni Hufnagel is proud to share his new profile on Mogul, a news and information sharing platform. He hopes to contribute quality information, and establish new connections in order to grow in his career and personal life as well. More below.
With the basketball at the high school, college and professional levels dominated by African Americans, Europeans and the occasional white player, a Jewish player stands out amongst the crowd. One Jewish player, Yanni Hufnagel, has paid the price for his love of the game and reaping the rewards of his efforts.
Yanni was a typical teenager fascinated with the game of basketball. He followed all the stars of the era and tried out for the high school basketball team. Not content to be sitting at the end of the bench and never getting a shot at playing, Yanni Hufnagel did the next best thing to being a starter. Yanni took to calling the Scarsdale High School basketball games on public access television. He learned more about the game from behind the microphone and monitor than on the team.
He would go on to college, attending Penn State University, playing lacrosse. Yanni Hufnagel would never lose sight of his love for basketball, though. He transferred to Cornell University. At Cornell, he landed the position as the basketball team’s manager. After he graduated from Cornell, he got a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. So impressed with Hufnagel’s insight of the game, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel recommended him to Harvard University coach Tommy Maker.
Yanni, now in his fourth year, as an assistant coach at Harvard, has become a household name for collegiate assistant coaches. Under Hufnagel’s tutelage was NBA standout Jeremy Lin, who credits much of his knowledge of the intricacies of the game to Hufnagel. CBS Sports recognized YanniHufnagel as a coach who “will make it big-time due to his recruiting ability.” Yanni Hufnagel can virtually have any college job, that opens up at any national basketball powerhouse.