Texas guard battling leukemia makes free throw, gets huge ovation from fans

Aubrey Yates
November 9, 2018

Jones played in only 10 games last season for Texas before a leukemia diagnosis left him no choice but to leave the team to battle the disease.

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 a year ago.

"It's great to see Andrew out on the court", said Longhorn head coach Shaka Smart. "It's terrific seeing him back on the court and doing what he loves".

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Ten months ago, Jones was leading the Longhorns in scoring at 13.5 points per game when he began to complain about extreme fatigue. Check out the huge ovation Jones drew as he checked out of the game after sinking the free throw. He was exactly that, too, averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game as a freshman before testing the NBA Draft waters and eventually returning to school. After being released from the hospital in late February, Jones finished outpatient treatment in August.

"Only the strong survive, and that's been something that I've lived by these last couple months", Jones told ESPN last week. Most people don't have the mental strength or even just the drive to want to do it, but anything is possible.

One of the best stories in college basketball felt like it came to the ending that everyone had hoped for when Texas guard Andrew Jones netted his first point since beating cancer. The Longhorns' next game will be a matchup against Arkansas on November 9.

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