Profile in Courage: Longhorns hoopster makes court comeback after Leukemia fight

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

He's scheduled for another round of treatment in December. But hands down the best moment took place more than 1,000 miles south in Austin, Texas, when Longhorns guard Andrew Jones checked in for the first time after a monthslong battle with leukemia.

"It's great to see Andrew out on the court", said Longhorn head coach Shaka Smart.

Then, a couple of minutes later, Jones, who wasn't sure he would even play this season, stepped to the foul line and scored his first point for the Longhorns this season.

They got to their feet when Jones entered the game against Eastern Illinois University with 11:40 left on the clock, ESPN reported. "It's terrific seeing him back on the court and doing what he loves". In his two seasons with Texas, he's averaged 11.9 points, 3.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Jones even led Texas in scoring at 13.5 points though the first 10 games of his sophomore season.

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Jones was in the hospital until February and completed outpatient treatment in August. For six months he battled the disease but returned in September only to suffer a fractured toe during practice.

Jones played nine minutes in the lopsided win and notched a single point via free throw. "Through the grace of God, anything is possible". "Andrew wants to be treated like he's one of us".

Jones averaged 11.4 points per game as a freshman and declared for the National Basketball Association draft following his first season with the Longhorns but later withdrew his name and returned to school.

"It felt good just having his presence", guard Matt Coleman III said.

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