Texas guard Andrew Jones is battling leukemia, the college introduced Wednesday.
Jones is the Longhorns’ second-leading scorer this season and was coming off a wrist harm when coaches observed he was sluggish and enjoying with little vitality. A sophomore who determined to return to highschool this yr as a substitute of getting into the NBA draft, Jones noticed restricted motion the final two video games as he tried to return again from the harm that value him 4 video games final month. One thing far more critical was at play.
“After present process various exams and evaluations over the previous week, Andrew has been identified with leukemia,” the Jones household stated in an announcement. “He has begun remedies, and we hope everybody will hold him in your ideas and prayers.”
In assertion posted on Twitter, Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte pledged the college’s full help and stated, “We are going to do every thing in our energy to supply all the sources we are able to to help Andrew and his household.”
Final Thursday, Texas coach Shaka Good indicated Jones “has not had the vitality,” and, “we’re attempting to determine by way of the completely different testing what his ailment is. There’s one thing else, some kind of illness.”
Wednesday, the college revealed the character of that sickness.
“Talking for our total staff and employees, we love Andrew and can do every thing we are able to to help his household and assist him get again to well being,” Good stated in an announcement. “I need to thank everybody for being respectful of the privateness that the Jones household wants presently.”
Jones performed 11 minutes on Jan. 1 and the college stated he noticed restricted motion as a result of Jones was underneath the climate, in line with experiences.
“I’d like to have him again to 1,000 % immediately. However he’s not simply been feeling like himself,” Good had stated. “It’s not for lack of attempting … He goes on the market and actually, actually needs to play, clearly and desires to assist his staff. However he simply, thus far, has not had the vitality.”
Now Texas is aware of why.
Jones has began remedy, which might range relying on how briskly his leukemia is rising. For extra aggressive strains, remedy would come with chemotherapy, radiation, and probably stem-cell transplants.