Yanni Hufnagel. A name even the most dedicated of college basketball fans would be hard pressed to recognize. Hufnagel has been lauded as one of the top young recruiters in the nation, having brought top tier talent to teams that have been rather dry in recent history or had never had any history at all.
Such was true during Hufnagel’s tenure at Harvard. He helped lead the Crimson to three consecutive Ivy League titles and their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1946 at the culmination of the 2012 season. Hufnagel and company again found lightning in a bottle at Harvard in 2013 when they again reached the NCAA tournament and secured the Crimson’s first ever post-season victory.
Following coaching positions at Harvard, Vanderbilt, and California – where Hufnagel recruited such talents as Jalyen Brown and Ivan Rabb – Yanni Hufnagel now looks to take his particular brand of recruiting and coaching to the University of Nevada. The Wolfpack who are currently at the top of the standings in the Mountain West conference with an impressive overall record of 24-6 are making a strong push to win the conference and secure a berth in the NCAA tournament. This is a marked improvement over their performance over last year when they finished fourth in the Mountain West conference and did not secure an NCAA tournament bid.
This is in part due to players like Cameron Oliver, a player recruited by Hufnagel, who has contributed 459 points to the Wolfpack this season. As well as solid off the bench play from freshman Devearl Ramsey and Charlie Tooley.