Texas Basketball: Andrew Jones Diagnosed With Leukemia

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Texas dedicated its emotional double overtime win over TCU on Wednesday night to Andrew Jones, whose family announced earlier in the day that the guard has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Dylan Osetkowski canned a 3-pointer from the corner with eight seconds left in the first overtime to put Texas in front, but Brodziansky nailed a jumper at the buzzer to tie things at 88 and send the game into second extra period. "I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time". Andrew was 7 in 2007 when his father was paralyzed in a auto accident on an icy road.

"We know Andrew's a fighter with a strong family, and our thoughts, prayers and support are fully behind them", UT athletic director Chris Del Conte said. Head coach Shaka Smart said that Jones had been lacking energy and planned to keep him out indefinably due to illness.

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Texas said only that Jones has started treatment but released no more details on his condition or prognosis as his family requested privacy, according to American-Statesman. "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". He also played nine minutes in the win at Iowa State on January 1. The 20-year-old from Irving MacArthur High School has been an integral part of the Longhorns team this year, averaging 16.6 points in his last five games. Smart cited fatigue as the culprit.

Prior to injuries this season, the sophomore was averaging 15.3 points per game which was leading the team. Everyone from ESPN's Jay Bilas to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rallied around Jones.

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