Jones to return for sophomore season

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

Andrew Jones announced via Twitter he will remove his name from the NBA draft and return to Texas for his sophomore season.

“I’m officially withdrawing my name from the NBA draft,” Jones said. “I’ve matured and learned a lot through this process. I enjoyed the experience and opportunity that I had to be able to participate in the combine and team workouts. I would like to thank my family and coaches for their love and guidance. Also, I appreciate the fans for their support and I’m ready to get back to Austin. Time to get to work with my teammates. Hungry and Humble.”

Additional quote from Jones: “I really enjoyed the experience, and I believe I got the most out of being able to play against top competition throughout the process. I would like to thank the NBA executives for allowing me to workout for them and participate in the combine. I feel that I have learned a lot and hope to carry that over into my sophomore season.”

Via UT, quotes from Shaka Smart: “Andrew has taken a mature approach to gathering feedback from NBA teams about areas where he can continue to grow,” Smart said. “His work ethic has been terrific, and he is highly motivated to develop and help his team win. Our coaching staff is very excited to help him continue to move forward, on and off the court.”

Sources told our Justin Wells last week that Jones texted the team telling them he would come back. Now it is official.