There is a crazy amount of money in the NBA. The average NBA players salary is well over $3 million per year. Sign-on bonuses for college players entering the draft can reach double digit millions. But before an NBA player can become world-famous, wealthy beyond dreams and incredibly successful, they must be discovered. That’s where college basketball recruiters come in.
There is quite a salary discrepancy between NBA players and the college basketball recruiters that discover them. Just take Yanni Hufnagel, for example. The man is in his early 30s but has made very little money in the profession of college basketball coaching. He got his start back in 2009 as an unpaid assistant coach at Harvard University. In Cambridge, he was put in charge of recruiting.
Yanni Hufnagel killed it. Harvard University is the country’s oldest college and sticks to tradition. The school has never issued an athletic scholarship and admissions does not lower standards for athletes. Yanni Hufnagel, the new assistant coach to Harvard University in 2009, was effectively handcuffed by the school’s own policies.
He was still able to assemble the first-ever Ivy League championship team for Harvard. NBA superstar Jeremy Lin played under Yanni Hufnagel During his four years at the school. The Crimson Tide achieved a 79-24 record, was nationally ranked for the first time in school history, and won a school record 26 games in 2011. Yanni Hufnagel did all of this work as an unpaid coach.
Yanni Hufnagel then to his recruiting chops to Villanova where he put together another killer recruiting class that involved two NBA draft picks. In two seasons at UC Berkeley, he was able to assemble a top-five recruiting class. He has now taken his recruiting skills to the University of Nevada at Reno. It’s only a matter of time before he rises to fame with his own program.