Marquis Estill offers education in how to succeed while finishing up his degree

Marquis Estill - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
Marquis Estill – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

Judging by ’s emphatic celebration from the bench after ’s impressive dunk at this season, you would think his name was still on the roster.  Although he finished his collegiate career in 2003, the former forward still remains as passionate as ever about basketball; only now, he is seeing the game from a different perspective as a first-year undergraduate student assistant coach.

Estill came to the University of in 1999 under head coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith, who, similarly to John Calipari, created a “family” environment for his players to develop into well-rounded student-athletes.

“Coach Smith was like a father figure,” Estill said. “Just being able to come out and compete for the University of was a great experience. I was playing for one of the greatest college basketball schools in history.”

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