UT basketball player Andrew Jones diagnosed with Leukemia

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AUSTIN - Texas sophomore shooting guard Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia, the school announced Wednesday.

Jones missed four games earlier in the season with a wrist injury but was plagued by fatigue and other symptoms after returning to the court.

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A University of Texas basketball player was given devastating news after undergoing a series of tests and evaluations this past week.

When the game does tip off at 8 p.m. on ESPNU, Texas will have to face a a tough TCU team. Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia. "I hope he knows we love him". "I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time". In 2007, David Jones, father of Andrew and former Baylor star Alexis, was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair following an automobile accident. The team has offered its full support, and Texas head coach Shaka Smart has spent an extensive amount of time with Jones' family over the weekend. "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 previously flirted with leaving for the NBA Draft previous year before deciding to return for his sophomore season.

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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. He also played nine minutes in the win at Iowa State on January 1. He averaged 11.4 points per game as a freshman and opted to stay in school rather than jump to the National Basketball Association.

"The entire Longhorn Nation is behind you", UT president Greg Fenves said.

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