Camara, Estill bring Rising Star Basketball Camp to Shelby County

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By Laura Clark

Former University of Kentucky basketball players Jules Camara and Marquis Estill have chosen basketball-crazy Shelby County as their launch pad for a series of instructional camps.

Camara and Estill will be holding a 3-day camp at Cornerstone Christian Academy on June 21-23 for boys ages 8 to 17. They’ll be holding later camps at Eastern and Fern Creek high schools in Louisville.

Camara and Estill are currently retired after several years on the professional circuit overseas and say they are ready for the next stage of basketball in their lives. Estill hinted he may return to pro ball but faces the challenge of two knee surgeries in the coming months.

The two have been best friends since playing for UK a decade ago, so pairing up for a camp was only natural.

“We’ve been wanting to do it for a long time now,” Estill said of the camps. “Some day we might try to get into coaching, so this is a great way to start. This is a learning process for us.”

Camara admitted he was a little nervous. But he’ll get a crash-course in youth camps as he’s working the Calipari Camp at UK prior to June 21.

“I want to help kids learn and improve their basketball skills, keep them up, emphasize education,” Camara said.

Said Estill: “Jules has a lot of energy. With our post ability, we can teach big kids inside moves. We can both shoot outside. We can teach them how to shoot.”

The camp is designed to teach fundamental skills through stations. There will be friendly competitions in free throws and 3-point shooting as well as a mini team tournament. Camara and Estill hope to emphasize leadership, teamwork through the camp.

“It’s all about the kids,” Estill said. “We want to help them out, teach them the things we learned in school: how to be better basketball players and show them what it takes to get to the next level and be a great basketball player.”

Watching the friends goof off in Cornerstone’s gym, with Estill egging on Camara for a fancy dunk, there’s not doubt that the camp will be two big-guys worth of fun.

There will be a registration night at 6 on Monday at Cornerstone. Campers can also register the morning of the camp, which runs from 8:30 to 2:30. The fee is $125 and includes lunch and a snack each day, plus a t-shirt and autographed picture for each camper. For more information call (502) 655-7122.