He was diagnosed last week after he struggled to recuperate energy following his wrist injury, which kept him out of four games over much of the month of December.
His future as a basketball player for the University of Texas, as one might imagine, is in doubt, but speculation on that matter is simply that.
Obviously, this news has come as a difficult cross to bear for his coaching staff and teammates. There are no shortcuts with a disease like Leukemia, however. There’s no wishing it away or speedy, miraculous recoveries.
That, of course, is not to say that this is a death sentence. Only that Andrew’s singular priority is his health and the Texas Basketball team will have to move on and compete this year without their best player.
Inside Texas will follow up this news with more analysis at the appropriate time. But, for now, please keep Andrew and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Statement from the family of University of Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones:
“After undergoing a number of tests and 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 and prayers. This is obviously a difficult situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time.”
Statement from Texas Men’s Basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart:
“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. I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time.”
Statement from University of Texas Vice President/Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte:
“We know Andrew’s a fighter with a strong family and our thoughts, prayers and support are fully behind them. 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.”