Texas guard Andrew Jones was diagnosed with leukemia in January.
Jones spent the spring and summer getting treatment for the disease. He rejoined his teammates for fall camp, and on Tuesday night the 20-year-old returned to the court for his first game since Jan. 1 as Texas took on Eastern Illinois in its season opener.
“It’s a choice whether if you want to just continue to go on and fight through adversity, or you can just sit there and let it take over you.”
What a scene: Andrew's first bucket for Texas since his leukemia diagnosis and the crowd loves it. pic.twitter.com/k7aPmlomda
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) November 7, 2018
Awesome moment. Crowd gives a standing ovation to Andrew Jones who checks into a game for the first time since his cancer diagnosis was announced by Texas in January. pic.twitter.com/iAtVGla5wl
— Robert Larkin (@r_larkintexas) November 7, 2018
“It’s great to see Andrew out on the court,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “I loved the way the crowd and everyone in the building reacted to him going in the game.”
Jones will leave the Longhorns temporarily on Dec. 10 to undergo another round of chemotherapy.