McCallie coach John Shulman and Oak Hill Academy players trained local kids in a clinic at McCallie Feb. 3. (Photo: Staff)

During McCallie School’s Dr Pepper 10 Classic basketball event over the weekend, the school teamed with national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy and two other high schools for a basketball clinic that benefited 115 area children.

Participants in the free clinic got the chance to work with top college basketball recruits as they split into groups and rotated between several games and drills.

McCallie head basketball coach John Shulman, who used to lead UTC’s men’s basketball team, organized the camps.


“The clinic is just about the kids,” Shulman said. “They get an opportunity to work with big-time coaches and great players. So to have an opportunity to hang out with those kids and learn with those kids … was a lot of fun.”

Michael Drescher, a parent of one of the participating children, initially only planned to come watch the Dr Pepper 10 Classic games. But when he signed up to get tickets, he heard about the opportunity for children.

“My son Charlie loves basketball and loves this kind of stuff,” he said. “When he knew he could do it with coach Shulman and guys from Oak Hill, he was excited about it.”

Shulman was full of energy for the duration, despite McCallie losing an emotional game to Oak Hill Academy the night before, he said.

“It’s hard because we went to war last night, and we battled last night,” Shulman said. “You’re trying to kill these guys last night, and then you’re working with them in a clinic this morning. But it isn’t about us; it’s about the kids. I just appreciate the coaches coming back out because it’s not easy after the late night. ”

Kyle Yager is a contributing writer. He currently attends UTC, where he is the sports editor for the student newspaper, The University Echo. He has also worked as a scouting intern for the UTC football team and currently works as a runner at Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison PC. Kyle intends to attend law school in the fall. You can reach Kyle at [email protected]