Former Cat Estill joins UK staff

Former UK standout Marquis Estill has joined John Calipari's staff as an undergraduate assistant as he continues to pursue his degree.

Kentucky coach John Calipari announced a familiar name as an addition to his coaching staff Thursday.

Former Wildcat standout Marquis Estill, who is currently working toward his degree, has joined the staff as an undergraduate assistant. His primary focus will be working with the team's forwards, according to a statement released by UK.

"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.

Estill, who starred at Madison Central High School in Richmond before signing with Tubby Smith at UK, was part of two SEC championship teams. He finished his Wildcat career with 936 points despite playing only three seasons. Estill was a second-team All-SEC selection and an All-NCAA Regional selection in 2003.

"I am so happy to bring back Marquis as an undergraduate assistant on our staff," Calipari said in the UK statement. "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."


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