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Former UK standout Marquis Estill joins Cats’ basketball staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky head coach John Calipari is pleased to announce the addition of former UK forward Marquis Estill to the 2012-13 men’s basketball staff as an undergraduate student assistant coach.

Estill, who is currently finishing his undergraduate degree at UK, will assist pre-, during and post-practice and primarily focus on working with UK’s forwards.

“I’m really excited about joining the staff this season,” Estill said. “I’m very grateful that Coach Cal is giving me this opportunity. He is a great coach, and I look forward to working with him and this talented team.”

Per NCAA rules returning former players who are working toward their undergraduate degree can be used as on-court staff. With that opportunity Estill, who was a part of two Southeastern Conference title teams at UK, will join a list of former Wildcats and Calipari assistants and former players who have returned to their schools to finish their degrees.

Estill finished his career with 936 points, despite playing only three seasons. He was named Second Team All-SEC in 2003, his junior season while also earning All-NCAA Regional team honors as well as SEC All-Tournament team honors.

“I am so happy to bring back Marquis as an undergraduate assistant on our staff,” Calipari said. “One thing I always tell our players is that they are always welcome back here, especially to get their degree. This is a players-first program, and we will always be here for them in whatever capacity they need. I applaud Marquis for coming back to finish his degree, and I encourage all of our former players to do the same.

“It’s great that we get to help guys like Marquis or Wayne (Turner) or Tony Delk or Scott Padgett – all guys who are members of our family – to get a start in coaching and help them pursue their goals,” Calipari said.

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  1. Larry T Clemons

    PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE…BBN is here for you also….What a wonderful Program, I’m so proud and excited for the Future…

  2. grant

    I hope he did not oversleep.

  3. LindaS

    I always liked Marquis. What a program we have to be proud of in this day and age. Larry T Clemons, you are right, we are always here for our past wildcats, no matter how long they ran up and down Rupp. Go Cats! I am so ready for b-ball season!

    1. larryvaught

      Great to see Marquis and that big smile coming back

  4. Tana

    “Goodness knows” that I’m not ready for basketball season to begin, for my own current excitement is that Kentucky football will start in a little over a week. I’m responding here, though, because of my excitement that Marquis Estill is back at Kentucky. CONGRATS to Marquis and his wife Emily (a former student and friend of one of my sons)! GO CATS!!!

  5. King Ghidora

    Estill was a guy who left it all on the court when he played. He was a key member of that Cat team that ran the SEC table winning every regular season conference game and the conference tournament. That is not an easy thing to do. That team ran into a buzz saw named Wade in the regional finals who did a triple double against the Cats. Plus a guy named Hayes got in early foul trouble and ended up fouling out very early. That was Smith’s best team IMO (the 1998 team wasn’t really his IMO). They were an excellent team in 2003. They won 26 straight games and finished 32-4 despite losing at home to Mich. St.. That team finished the regular season ranked #1 too. To be honest I always thought they played above their level of talent and that’s always fun to watch. I’m hoping Estill brings some of that back to Lexington now. The guy was a winner and I’m glad to see him back.

    1. larryvaught

      Estill was one of my favorites and always will be. Has been working in Lexington, see him every now and then

  6. TrueBlueJohn

    Do you think BCG would have made that offer? I am glad we have a coach who appreciates the former players and the contributions they have made.

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