Former University of Kentucky basketball player Marquis Estill has found a new coaching home.
Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs announced Monday that Estill and former Transylvania University player and assistant coach Barrett Meyer have joined the Tigers as full-time assistant coaches.
Originally from Richmond, Ky., and Madison Central High School, the 6-foot-9 Estill played at UK from 2000-2003 under then-head coach Tubby Smith. Briggs was a student assistant at UK from 2001-04.
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“Marquis and I go way back, and to have the connection come back around for us to work together now is pretty special,” Briggs said. “I have full confidence that he will help develop and elevate our post play, which is an area of our game that is already very strong. I know Marquis will be a phenomenal recruiter.”
Estill scored 936 points in three seasons at UK, averaging 9.3 points for his career. In 2002-03, Estill was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team. Estill still holds Kentucky’s career field goal shooting percentage record at 60.2.
After leaving UK, Estill played professionally in Italy, Japan, Dubai and Argentina.
He returned to UK in 2012 and joined John Calipari’s staff as an undergraduate assistant coach. While working under Calipari, Estill completed his degree and graduated from UK in May 2013.
In 2015-16, Estill served as an assistant for Paul Laurence Dunbar’s state championship-winning boys’ basketball team.
Last season, Estill helped launch Midway University’s first men’s basketball team as an assistant coach with the Eagles.
Georgetown College represents a significant step up for Estill. The Tigers are 159-48 under Briggs with one national title in two championship game appearances in past five seasons. Georgetown will enter the 2017-18 season looking for a national record 27th straight NAIA tournament appearance.
Briggs’ coaching staff also includes former Tigers guard and Scott County High School graduate Matt Walls.
“This is a great young staff, and a very skilled group of highly gifted basketball coaches,” Briggs said. “I’m really excited to get rolling with this staff, and I think we will have a lot of success together.”
Meyer, from Franklin County High School, was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009-10. He finished his career as a three-time all-conference honoree and holds the HCAC single-game record for made three-pointers with 11. The Pioneers won an HCAC title during Meyer’s four seasons and also made two Division III NCAA Tournament appearances.
Upon graduation, he joined Transy head coach Brian Lane as an assistant, where he has been the past four seasons.
“Barrett is a great student of the game and has a great mind for breaking things down,” Briggs said. “He has been key to many successful Transylvania teams. He’s a young, energetic, hard-working coach that will be a huge asset to us in all areas.”