Jones' family confirmed Wednesday that the Longhorns' top scorer was diagnosed with the disease after several recent medical tests, ESPN reported. "He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers".
"This is obviously a hard situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time", the Jones' family statement said.
Texas coach Shaka Smart was especially emotional after the game. He played 11 minutes against Iowa State on New Year's Day, after which Smart revealed that he was concerned something else was sapping Jones of his usual energy.More news: Behind smart gadgets, Amazon and Google waging a big war
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He did not accompany the team to Baylor for Saturday's 69-60 loss.
Now we have a better idea of what Jones is up against, though Texas did not offer many specifics. Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia. "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".
Jericho Sims scored 14 points, including the game-winning free throw with 5.3 seconds to play, as Texas upset No. 16 TCU 99-98 in double overtime on Wednesday in a key Big 12 Conference contest at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Jones, a sophomore who considered entering the National Basketball Association draft after his first season in Austin, was leading the Longhorns in scoring at 15.3 points per game and shooting a team-high 46.3 percent from 3-point range when he went down with a broken right wrist suffered December 5 against VCU. All they want now is for Jones to get healthy again.