Men's Basketball

50  Marquis Estill
Marquis Estill

Richmond, Ky.

High School:
Madison Central

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 236




General: At times, can dominate at both ends of the floor... Can score inside or from three-point range... Long arms and impeccable timing comprise a solid shot blocker... Battles to keep knees healthy... Has shot 61.4% from the field during his career which would be a new school record, but needs to make four more FGs to meet the career minimum... Per NCAA rules, is listed as a senior, but can earn a fourth year of eligibility should he graduate in 2003.

Junior: Played in every game with 12 starts... Had a solid outing against Valparaiso in NCAA first-round action, shooting 5-of-6 from the field to finish with 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks in 17 minutes despite turning his left ankle during the game... Against Maryland, had a nearly perfect performance, going 4-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, grabbing four rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes... Led the team in shooting at 62.4% to earn the team?s ?Best Field Goal Percentage? award... Finished tied for third on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg)...Just missed a double-double vs. Florida (3/2), finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds... Was solid against Arkansas in a reserve role, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while going 6-for-7 from the charity stripe... Was strong against Georgia (2/16), finishing with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds... Was 3-of-3 against LSU for his fourth perfect shooting game of the season and second in three games... Had eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes against the Tigers... Also matched his career high with two steals in the game... Hit eight of his career-high 12 attempts against Auburn to match his season-high with 21 points... Was a solid 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and added five rebounds to earn ESPN Player of the Game honors... Earned his first career start against Morehead St. and returned to the starting lineup against Florida... Recorded a career-high six blocks in 19 minutes against Mississippi St... His father, Larry Estill Sr., passed away unexpectedly during the season.

Sophomore: Played in all but two games and scored in double figures nine times... Tied or led the squad in scoring five times... The team?s top shooter in 2001, canning 60.3% of his shots from the field... Led UK in blocks with 36 and ranked seventh in the SEC, averaging 1.1 bpg... Began the season shooting 53.8% from the foul line, but finished the season shooting 73.1% after hitting 16 straight FTs... Sensational performance against Iowa -- a career-high 22 points in 22 minutes on 9-of-11 shooting, including his fifth three-pointer of the season while adding six rebounds, two blocks and a steal... In SEC play, shot a team-leading 63.9% from the field and 81.1% from the foul line... Had six points and nine boards at Arkansas... Against Georgia (1/23/01), had 16 points in 23 minutes... Had 19 points vs. Vanderbilt on Jan. 27... Named SEC Player of the Week for his performance against North Carolina on Dec. 2... Had 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes off the bench... Had a solid opener against St. John?s, hitting 6-of-8 field goals, including one three-pointer, to finish with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks... Returned against UCLA to tally eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Freshman: Sat out the 2000 season as a partial qualifier... Underwent successful surgery on his left knee in November ?99 to repair torn meniscus... Began practicing with the team in January... Lost 50 pounds between his senior year in high school and his sophomore season at Kentucky.

High School: The Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and finalist for Mr. Basketball honors completed his career for the Indians by averaging 20.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as a senior, leading Madison Central to a berth in the KHSAA?s Sweet 16... Shot 71.2 percent from the field and 63.3 percent from the foul line... Was named All-District, All-Region and was voted All-State by The Associated Press, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal... Earned numerous all-tournament team honors including King of the Bluegrass and the Kentucky Holiday Classic... As a junior, played 13 games before injuring his left knee, averaging 12.9 ppg and 9.0 rpg... As a sophomore, led the state in shooting, hitting 76.9 percent from the field and averaging 14.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg as the Indians finished with a 21-9 record and a berth in the regional finals... Earned All-District and All-Region honors as a sophomore as well... For his career, shot 73.2 percent from the field and 63.5 percent from the foul line while averaging 16.7 ppg and 9.5 rpg... Chose UK over Louisville.

Full Name: Marquis Daron Estill
Nickname: ?Quis?
Birth Date: Sept. 15, 1981
Place of Birth: Richmond, Ky.
Parents: Larry Estill and Tanya Smith
Siblings: Larry Jr. and Yolanda
Major: Agriculture
High School Coach: Allen Feldhaus, Jr.
High School Mascot: Indians

The thing I like most about being a Kentucky Wildcat: We are one big family
My favorite former Wildcat is: Reggie Hanson
If I can choose another career besides pro basketball, it is: Sports Management
My favorite sport, other than basketball, is: Football
The best player I?ve ever played against was: Reggie Evans
If I had to choose one of my teammates to date my sister, it would be: Matt Heissenbuttel
My dream date is: Jennifer Lopez
Favorite TV show: Martin
My greatest fear is: Singing the National Anthem
If I had a lifeline, I would choose the following phone-a-Cat: J.P. Blevins
All-time favorite movie: Scarface
If a movie were made of my life, I?d want this actor to play me: Denzel Washington
The person in history that I?d most like to meet is: Martin Luther King, Jr.
If I could switch places with one person for a day, it would be: Snoop Dogg
My favorite all-time sporting event that I saw on TV was: 1998 NBA Finals
Not many people know this, but I: Was born with 12 fingers
The first concert I ever saw was: Michael Jackson in Atlanta
The last concert I ever saw was: Janet Jackson in Lexington
The CD that is currently in my player is: P. Diddy
My favorite home-cooked meal is: Spaghetti


Year     G-S Min.-Avg.  FG-A  Pct. 3FG-A Pct.    FT-A Pct. Reb.-Avg. PF-D AT TO BS St TP-Avg.
00-01   32-0 441-13.8  85-141 .603  5-16 .313   57-78 .731  123-3.8  63-0 19 32 36  7 232-7.3
01-02  32-12 539-16.8  11-178 .624  4-10 .400   60-86 .698  136-4.3  73-2 17 48 43 10 286-8.9
Totals 64-12 980-15.3 196-319 .614  9-26 .346 117-164 .713  259-4.0 136-2 36 80 79 17 518/8.1
Estill's Career Highs
              Opponent        Date
Points    22  Iowa            3/17/01
FG Made    9  Iowa            3/17/01
FG Atts   12  Auburn          1/22/02
3FG Made   1  Nine times
3FG Atts   2  Four times
FT Made    9  Vanderbilt      1/27/01
FT Atts   11  Vanderbilt      1/27/01
Rebounds  11  Twice
Assists    3  Florida         1/29/02
Turnovers  5  Alabama         1/26/02
Blocks     6  Mississippi St.  1/5/02
Steals     2  Four times
Minutes   31  North Carolina  12/2/00
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