Jones checked into Texas’ 2018 season opening win against Eastern Illinois with 11:40 remaining in the second half for his first minutes since being diagnosed with leukemia last year. The fans in Austin gave Jones a warm round of applause.
Andrew Jones gets a standing ovation in his return to the Erwin Center. pic.twitter.com/v3thQ3OhKz
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) November 7, 2018
Jones quickly recorded a steal and a rebound, then went to the line for two shots. He missed the first, but made the second.
Welcome back, Andrew Jones! 👏
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 7, 2018
Texas announced last January that Jones had been diagnosed with cancer. After being cleared to practice this offseason, Tuesday marked the end of a long, arduous journey for Jones and the Texas program. Another has now begun for the junior, who will be followed closely all season in his remarkable recovery.