Andrew Jones gets ovation, scores in return from cancer

Daily Texan Staff

Daily Texan Staff

Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones returned to the court in Tuesday's game against Eastern Illinois, and he suited up for his first action since being diagnosed with leukemia in January.

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.

Andrew Jones gets a standing ovation in his return to the Erwin Center.

Jones first checked in with 11 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the second half to a roaring crowd.

A former five-star prospect and McDonald's All-American coming out of MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Jones arrived on the Longhorns' campus as an immediate-impact player.

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"It's been great having him back", Texas coach Shaka Smart said at the time.

Ten months ago, Jones was leading the Longhorns in scoring at 13.5 points per game when he began to complain about extreme fatigue. In his two seasons with Texas, he's averaged 11.9 points, 3.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. He was released from the hospital in late February and completed outpatient treatment in August.

The junior guard had battled leukemia and suffered a broken toe in practice last month, but overcame the odds against him after there were doubts he would even play this season.

He was not made available to reporters after the game but told reporters last week: "I didn't want to feel like a victim". Most people don't have the mental strength or even just the drive to want to do it, but anything is possible.

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