Yanni Hufnagel rises to the top

Yanni Hufnagel, a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, is catching the attention of college basketball. He first became a graduate assistant while at Oklahoma where he was credited in building Blake Griffin who would later play with the Los Angeles Clippers. Upon graduation, he was under Tommy Amaker at Harvard University. He was an assistant coach as well as a recruiter with the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball program. He was rising to the top as an excellent recruiter and soon made headlines as a part of CBS’s college basketball “dream team.” While at Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel earned credit for Jeremy Lin who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. After Harvard, Hufnagel joined the Vanderbilt staff as an assistant coach alongside Kevin Stallings. He only stayed one season but was also credited with helping Stallings earn the 29th ranked recruiting class in 2014 by recruiting now Memphis Grizzlies’ point guard, Wade Baldwin IV. Finally, after leaving, Yanni Hufnagel became assistant coach under Cuonzo Martin at The University of California, Berkeley. He persuaded Jaylen Brown, future forward of the Boston Celtics, and Ivan Rabb, future Power Forward of the Memphis Grizzlies, to join the team. Those two recruits led the team to the 2016 NCAA tournament. While at Cal, Hufnagel was accused of sexual harassment by a 24 year old reporter who covered the Golden Bears. He was not charged but later resigned in 2016. He did have a damaged reputation, but he had many offers from other colleges to coach basketball. He accepted a job with the University of Nevada and their Wolf Pack college basketball team as an assistant coach under Eric Musselman. The President, who made the decision to hire Yanni Hufnagel, defended his decision by stating that there was enough evidence to believe Hufnagel did not sexually harass the reporter. After later winning the 2017 NCAA division, Yanni Hufnagel left Nevada.

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