It was December of 2017 when Andrew Jones missed four games because of a wrist injury. The Texas sophomore returned for two more games splitting the New Year holiday and then just days later Jones was out again.
Many suspected Jones re-injured his wrist, but Smart said that wasn’t the case.
But that was the only answer Smart had. He wasn’t sure what was wrong with Jones because know one knew. He told media members that Jones wasn’t feeling like himself and was lacking energy. Six days later Jones announced he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Hopefully you’ve never had leukemia and hopefully you never known someone impacted by the disease. It’s a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system, per MayoClinic.org.
It’s not good. It doesn’t have the highest mortality rate, but it can still be deadly. It can change lives and it’s a nightmare for those impacted by the disease.
Now, imagine being at the top of your game, averaging 13.5 points and leading the Longhorns like Jones. He could have possibly jumped to the NBA if he continued playing well. It was all taken away from him but Jones remained positive, motivated and just yesterday he posted a video of him dunking seven months after his diagnosis.
It’s lit?? https://t.co/Q5dIV0lumC
— Andrew Jones (@DrewdotCash) July 24, 2018
Jones isn’t a Wildcat but Big Blue Nation supports his recovery and return to basketball. Jones still has an uphill climb to play this season but we’re all rooting for him, and if it’s not this season we’ll all anxiously await his return in the 2019-2020 season.