Texas Guard Andrew Jones Diagnosed with Leukemia

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2018

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Andrew Jones #1 of the Texas Longhorns shoots a free throw against the Florida A&M Rattlers at the Frank Erwin Center on November 29, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
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The family of Texas guard Andrew Jones announced on Wednesday that the sophomore has been diagnosed with leukemia, according to Texas Basketball.

"After undergoing a number of tests & evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia," they said in a statement. "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."

Head coach Shaka Smart also released a statement.

"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."

A number of Jones' teammates wished him well on Twitter:

So did former Texas star and current Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner:

After Texas upset No. 16 TCU Wednesday night, Jones' teammates held his jersey up in tribute during their celebration, per Sports Illustrated:

Jones appeared in 10 games for the Longhorns this season, averaging 13.5 points (second on the team), 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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