Texas guard Andrew Jones drives to the basket during a game in November. Eric Gay AP
Texas guard Andrew Jones drives to the basket during a game in November. Eric Gay AP

Men's Basketball

Longhorns guard from Irving MacArthur diagnosed with leukemia

By Stefan Stevenson


January 10, 2018 11:50 AM

The University of Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia, the school announced Wednesday morning.

Jones, a sophomore from Irving MacArthur, has begun treatments after going through a number medical tests and evaluations the past week.

Statement from the family of @UTAustin sophomore G Andrew Jones: "After undergoing a number of tests & 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 & prayers. .... (cont)

— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) January 10, 2018

“We hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” a family statement said. “This is obviously a difficult situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time.”

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Jones was the Longhorns second leading scorer with 13.5 points per game. He missed four games in December after fracturing his right wrist.

“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,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time.”

Texas Longhorns guard Andrew Jones, from Irving MacArthur, was diagnosed with leukemia and is currently being treated.
University of Texas University of Texas

Leukemia is a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“We know Andrew’s a fighter with a strong family and our thoughts, prayers and support are fully behind them,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in the release. “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.”

The Horned Frogs coach said the FBI investigation into fraud and bribery will lead to improvements in college basketball.


Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST