The Bulls/Sox Academy was very proud to host the first Toni Kukoc Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages six to seventeen this past June at the Bulls/Sox Academy located at 6200 River Bend Drive in Lisle, Illinois.
Toni Kukoc and the Academy coaches developed a five-day camp curriculum focused on all the fundamental basketball skills: shooting, ball handling, defense, free throws, and footwork. Kukoc worked directly with the all the players teaching his at each of the five days. All participants had the opportunity to receive an autograph and photo from the legendary Bulls forward.
One of the most versatile and talented European players to ever play in the NBA, the 6’ 11” Toni Kukoc was best known for his incredible shooting touch and passing ability. His natural position was a small forward but he could play all five spots on the court. The “Croatian Sensation” started his professional career at the age of seventeen for his hometown club, Jugoplastika Split. Throughout his career overseas, Toni Kukoc won numerous MVP awards while leading his teams to a variety of League Championships including the prestigious Euroleague Championships three years in a row (1989-1991).
Originally selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1990 NBA draft, Toni Kokuc continued to play in Europe until the 1993-94 NBA season. During that season, he made his debut with the Chicago Bulls where he had a very solid first season averaging double-digits in scoring and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. With the return of Michael Jordan in 1995, Toni Kukoc established himself as a huge contributor off the bench on a team that would go on to win three consecutive NBA World Championships (1996-1998). Toni Kukoc won the prestigious NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1996. During his 13 year NBA career he played for the Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bulls/Sox Academy, located in Lisle, Illinois, is owned and operated by the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. The Academy runs extensive and fun training programs in basketball, baseball, fastpitch softball, and sports conditioning for boys and girls from beginner to professional. There are additional Academy locations in Glen Ellyn and La Grange. For more information about all camps, lessons and programs or to register for the Toni Kukoc Basketball Camp, go to BullsSoxAcademy.com or call 630-324-8221.