LEXINGTON — Tickets for Kentucky basketball’s alumni charity game at Rupp Arena Sept. 15 will go on sale Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. Tipoff for the game featuring Wildcats currently playing in the NBA will be at 2 p.m.
All seats are reserved and priced at $100 (premium lower level), $40 (lower level) and $20 (upper level). Tickets can be purchased only at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
All proceeds from the game will go to charity.
Estill returns: Kentucky coach John Calipari announced that former UK forward Marquis Estill will join his 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 in a release from UK. “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 was a part of two Southeastern Conference title teams at UK and finished his career with 936 points in three seasons.
"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.”
Williams No. 1: Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced that CoShik Williams, who hurt his foot in last Saturday’s scrimmage, has not only returned to practice but wiill also be the starting running back when UK¿opens the season at Louisville Sept. 2.
“One thing about CoShik, he’s a tough competitor, a tough guy. He’s a quick healer also. He’s always been one of those. Some people are and some people aren’t; CoShik is one of those quick healers,” Phillips said after Thursday’s practice. “I’ve been using this out here: We showed our kids Curtis Martin’s (Hall of Fame) acceptance speech. Curtis Martin, one of the things he said was (Bill) Parcells told him, ‘You don’t want to come out of the huddle, because you never know who’s going in the huddle.’
“CoShik knows we’ve got some talent at the running back position. He came out for two days, he sees those guys in there getting those quality reps and doing some special things, you have no choice but to heal quick. He deserves to be the starter the way he finished last spring. Pound for pound, he’s probably the strongest guy on our football team. He works as hard as anybody. He deserves to be the starting running back. Plus, his knowledge of our offense, too. He probably has as good a knowledge as anybody on our football team.”