AUSTIN, Texas — Texas announced sophomore guard Andrew Jones has leukemia and has started treatment.
Jones was the Longhorns’ leading scorer before he was sidelined by a broken wrist. He played sparingly in his return after complaining of low energy and was sent for tests.
Jones considered leaving Texas for the NBA draft after his freshman season but opted to return to school.
Texas hosts No. 16 TCU on Wednesday night.
Jones’ family released the following statement: “After undergoing a number of tests & evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia. He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts & prayers. This is obviously a difficult situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time.”
Texas coach Shaka Smart added in a statement: “Speaking for our entire team & staff, we love Andrew & will do everything we can to support his family and help him get back to health. I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time.”
Statement from @_delconte: “We know Andrew’s a fighter with a strong family & our thoughts, prayers and support are fully behind them. At @UTAustin, we will do everything in our power to provide all of the resources we can to assist Andrew and his family.”
— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) January 10, 2018