Concordia graduate, former Mad Ant McCall finds joy as a basketball coach

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – DJ McCall’s basketball journey has come full circle. After the game took the world by storm, the Concordia High School graduate is now teaching the next generation of hoops as a skills coach with OPS.

“I’m super lucky to be here and to still be in basketball and to be on the court probably more than I was as a player, and to help other people improve,” said said McCall during the Crazy Ants Basketball Camp.

After finishing his college career at IUPUI, McCall got his first professional opportunity in his hometown with the crazy ants. He even had the opportunity to play abroad with Spain in the 2020-21 season.

“I feel like I learned a lot more at each level I went to, and I think that’s why I managed to find success as a coach,” McCall said. “It’s because I was a sponge. I think that’s the most important thing I learned from management and the coaching staff.

McCall retired from basketball in August 2021, but was called up to the bench for the final G League season. As teams jostled to fill rosters, McCall oscillated between three teams, including a brief reunion with the Mad Ants.

“I learned more about the game in those seven games than I possibly could have in any other situation,” McCall said. “I tried to be a sponge in this situation and bring this back to the OPS.”

With his playing days behind him, McCall hopes his work can help other kids pursue their basketball dreams.

“It’s just a super cool situation for me to pass on what I’ve learned to every level I’ve been and every place I’ve been as a player,” McCall said. “I’m super grateful for this opportunity and to call it my job. I’m super blessed.