Texas Longhorns' Andrew Jones Returns After Battling Leukemia

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

Both happened on opening night.

Jones is set for another round of treatment for leukemia in December. The five star recruit for the Texas Longhorns' men's basketball team was diagnosed with Leukemia last January, and battled with the disease this entire year, even transferring to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which ended up significantly reducing the time of his treatment program.

Andrew Jones gets a standing ovation in his return to the Erwin Center. The 20-year-old rejoined the team for fall camp and entered Tuesday night's game despite being unsure if he would play at all this season.

"It's great to see Andrew out on the court", said Longhorn head coach Shaka Smart.

A former five-star prospect and McDonald's All-American coming out of MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Jones arrived on the Longhorns' campus as an immediate-impact player. "I loved the way the crowd and everyone in the building reacted to him going in the game".

He was averaging more than 13 points per game last January when he complained of fatigue.

Jones, who wasn't made available to the media after the game, had one point, one rebound and one assist in nine minutes of action. After being released from the hospital in late February, Jones finished outpatient treatment in August.

The junior guard had battled leukemia and suffered a broken toe in practice last month, but overcame the odds against him after there were doubts he would even play this season.

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