Texas responds to Andrew Jones' cancer diagnosis with emotional 2OT win

Texas responds to Andrew Jones' cancer diagnosis with emotional 2OT win

Graduate of University of Delaware.

University of Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The school announced only hours prior that Jones was recently diagnosed with leukemia after undergoing a number of tests over the past week.

The UT sophomore guard is from Irving, Texas, and was recruited from MacArthur High School. "I hope he knows we love him".

"This is obviously a hard situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time", the Jones' family statement said.


Head coach Shaka Smart said that Jones had been lacking energy and planned to keep him out indefinably due to illness. "I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time", Smart said Wednesday via the team's Twitter account.

He led the Longhorns in scoring with 15.3 points per game before a wrist injury limited his playing time earlier this season.

Concern regarding Jones' health first arose in late December when he returned from a fractured wrist but did not look himself. He averaged 11.4 points as a freshman at Texas, but he made a decision to return for his sophomore season after attending the scouting combine. He also played nine minutes in the win at Iowa State on January 1. On the final possession of the game, TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher drove unimpeded to the basket for what appeared to be an uncontested game-winning layup, but his attempt wound up falling harmlessly off the front rim.

Jones' family has dealt with challenges in the past. In 2007, David Jones, father of Andrew and former Baylor star Alexis, was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair following an automobile accident.

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