UT basketball player Andrew Jones diagnosed with Leukemia

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After missing time with an undisclosed illness, Texas Longhorns sophomore guard Andrew Jones will step away from basketball to recover from leukemia.

Jones returned to the court December 29 and played nine minutes at home in the loss to Kansas. Jones family and Shaka Smart released statements this morning.

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It was one of many demonstrations of emotion for Smart after a hard day. This time Smart was more tight-lipped with his response, which in retrospect hinted that whatever Jones was facing was severe. A Texas spokesman declined to reveal the type of leukemia Jones has or the prognosis for recovery because of privacy laws.

After undergoing tests, Jones received his diagnosis. "He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers".

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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.

Jones was Texas' leading scorer before the wrist injury and is now averaging 13.5 points a game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.3 percent on three pointers. He was the catalyst for a strong start to the season for Texas that included wins over Butler and VCU and overtime losses to national powers Duke and Gonzaga. After the thrilling win, Texas players held up Jones' jersey, while Smart was seen tearing up during "The Eyes of Texas". All they want now is for Jones to get healthy again.

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