NBA Stars Are Fans of Yanni Hufnagel

At least two NBA superstars keep Yanni Hufnagel on speed dial. These two NBA superstars Are Clippers center Blake Griffin and Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin.


Yanni Hufnagel impressed Blake Griffin during his time in Oklahoma. Yanni Hufnagel was just an unpaid graduate assistant at the time, but he was there to open the gym early for the NBA superstar, rebound for him during shooting practice and he always made himself available to close the gym late after the big man got some extra work.


Jeremy Lin was at Harvard during Yanni Hufnagel’s time in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The young assistant coach was capable of recruiting such a good class that Harvard won its first Ivy League championship during Yanni Hufnagel’s four-year tenure. The team went 79-24, winning a school record 26 games in 2011 and becoming nationally ranked for the first time.


Yanni Hufnagel was named by a CBS Sports poll as the assistant coach with best recruiting skills that would likely lead to massive success. He has worked all over the country in schools like Villanova, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Nevada at Reno. He is responsible for one of the nation’s best recruiting classes at UC Berkeley. He was able to raise Villanova’s three-point percentage with a stunningly good recruiting class that included two NBA draft picks. And only time will tell how he is benefiting the University of Nevada at Reno rights now.


Yanni Hufnagel is only in his early 30s. He is following the same career trajectory as Brad Stevens who is now serving as head coach of the Boston Celtics. But the young college coach has been able to do all of this after being cut by his own high school varsity basketball team. Coaching is his way of participating in his favorite game.

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