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An Interview with Yanni Hufnagel

Back in 2013, former assistant head coach for Harvard University sat down with Molly Parr to have a short interview. She first asked him about his new job since leaving Harvard University. He replied that he was going to Vanderbilt University. He also added that he was looking forward to going into the great city of Nashville and enjoying the weather. He also liked the recent success Vanderbilt has had sending players to the NBA. He also likes the fact that every game the team plays will be televised for people to watch. He said that it was hard to say goodbye to the players at Harvard University. With that in mind, he is proud of his accomplishments in Harvard and is glad he was able to work for Harvard University for 4 years. The next question Parr asks is: What does he look for in a player? Hufnagel notes that there are three key aspects he looks for in a player: are they coachable, are they someone he would like to be around, and lastly are they winners? He stated that he typically finds these things out during a conversation over the phone. Parr told him that many people consider him to be one of the top recruiters in collegiate basketball. He replied to that saying that he is always honored to hear that but he likes to stay humble. Molly then asked him if there is a trick to winning with players other recruiters have passed over and if there is Moneyball in basketball. Hufnagel mentions that the game has changed and that analysis has changed the way we look at the game. Hufnagel also says that basketball is a fluid sport compared to baseball. Finally, to close the interview Molly asks Yanni if he can dunk. Yanni replies saying that he cannot dunk and is a much better shooter and that he would rather pass the ball one of the better shooters on the team.