Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Texas guard Andrew Jones begins treatments after leukemia diagnosis

Texas guard Andrew Jones begins treatments after leukemia diagnosis

Jones was the Longhorns leading scorer before he was sidelined by a broken wrist.

A University of Texas basketball player was given devastating news after undergoing a series of tests and evaluations this past week.

During the day, the school announced the bad news that sophomore Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia. "I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time".

Jones returned to the court December 29 and played nine minutes at home in the loss to Kansas.

It was an emotional night for Shaka Smart and the Texas basketball team on Wednesday.

It was one of many demonstrations of emotion for Smart after a hard day.

Obviously, the game tonight pales in importance to Jones' health. A Texas spokesman declined to reveal the type of leukemia Jones has or the prognosis for recovery because of privacy laws. "He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers". "At the University of Texas, we will do everything in our power to provide all of the resources we can to assist Andrew and his family". Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Jones did not travel with the team to Baylor for Saturday's game, at which point it became clear something more sinister than the flu was involved.

While Texas will miss Jones' outside shooting and creativity off the dribble this season, that's far from the Longhorns' biggest concern. The 20-year-old from Irving MacArthur High School has been an integral part of the Longhorns team this year, averaging 16.6 points in his last five games.

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