Texas’ Andrew Jones Diagnosed with Leukemia, Longhorns Proceed to Upset TCU

Terrible news came out of Austin yesterday when Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones was diagnosed with Leukemia and has begun undergoing treatment. The news came from an announcement from his family on Wednesday.

“After undergoing a number of tests and evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia,” the family said in a statement released through the university.

Jones was the Longhorn’s leading scorer in the ten games he played this season. He tested the NBA waters in the off-season, but ultimately decided to return back to school for another year. Jones was sidelined a good portion of the year with a wrist injury, but upon his return, felt a low energy in his play. He went for testing, which eventually diagnosed his illness.

After receiving the news of their teammate, the Longhorns had to prepare to take on 16th ranked TCU in Austin. In a game that can only be described as emotional, the Longhorns pulled off the upset, topping TCU 99-98 in double-overtime. While Texas entered the game at 1-2 in the conference, the win meant so much more than improving their place in the standings. As Shaka Smart said post game: “Our guys really wanted to win for Andrew. He’s the one who’s been on our minds and in our hearts.”

Situations like this, as awful as they are, put things into perspective. It shows how much a team is also a family. There’s a bond that often gets overlooked. If you missed any of the game you can see some of the recap below. The support and emotion from the entire Texas Longhorn community, as well as all over is just tremendous. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew, his family and Texas as well.

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