Vaso Vukmanovic

Vaso Vukmanovic

Years Played in Troyka: 2007-2011

Other Clubs you played for: Scarborough Blues, Northern Kings, Crescent School (Toronto), Lake Forest Academy (Chicago, IL)
Position: Forward
Height: 6’7″
Weight: 209 lbs

1. What are you doing now?

I am currently working for my family’s company in a management role.

2. What are your top athletic achievements?

Being recruited to play for a top academic school in Toronto (Crescent School) and achieving a medal at OFSAA both years. Averaging almost 25ppg for Crescent in over 50 games per season and 31ppg at OFSAA.
Further being recruited to play for a prep school in Chicago Illinois.

3. What are your top academic/professional achievements?

Completing the business administration program at Western University prepared me for the everyday business world in Toronto. Now, pursuing a role in commercial banking by completing additional courses.

4. What are your favourite basketball memories/experiences?

Travelling with AAU teams in the spring and summer created some of my favourite memories. Spending time with my teammates while also playing in front of countless Division 1 coaches was an experience I will never forget.

5. What is your favourite memory from your time with Troyka?

My favourite memories with Trojka were the OBA tournaments we attended when we were kids. It was some of our first experiences travelling with a team and having our families watch us play against teams from all over Ontario. Additionally, the house league games we played on Saturdays before the formation of the rep team were something I looked forward to every week.

6. How has Troyka contributed to your success?

My success can be directly related to my time with Trojka because of the relationships I’ve built as a player there. I am still in close contact with some of my childhood teammates and those are bonds I will maintain for as long as I can.

7. What do you think are the most important areas for young athletes to focus on?

The most important thing for young athletes to put their focus towards is to work on all aspects of their game. Thankfully, coaches at Trojka will help you develop as a complete basketball player, as opposed to being stuck in one position as some teams around the city often do.

8. Any final thoughts you’d like to share with the next generations of Troyka athletes?

Enjoy every moment that you spend in training. It will all be worth it, whether or not you decide to pursue your sport. The relationships that you build in practice with your coaches and teammates are going to stick with you for a long time. Don’t think of it as a chore, rather as something you get to do!