- Texas’ 6-foot-4 guard Andrew Jones is a legit NBA prospect who was averaging 13.5 points for the Longhorns this season.
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- He hasn’t appeared in any of the team’s last seven games due to an undisclosed illness, but now we’ve learned that he’s dealing with something much more serious.
The school announced in advance of Wednesday night’s game against TCU that Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia. there is no timetable for a possible return to the court.
“Speaking for our entire team and staff, we love Andrew and will do everything we can to support his family and help him get back to health,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time.”
A statement released by Jones’ family indicated he has already begun treatments.
“This is obviously a difficult situation for our family,” the statement read.
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Jones was a five-star prospect coming out of the high school Class of 2016.
“We know Andrew’s a fighter with a strong family and our thoughts, prayers and support are fully behind them,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said. “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.”