Some thought that Texas guard Andrew Jones’ career would be over when he was diagnosed with leukemia in January. Don’t tell that to Andrew Jones.
The Longhorns star has been working hard at getting back on the court, despite still being treated for the disease. And on Tuesday, head coach Shaka Smart said during a This is Texas Tour event in Midland, Tex. that Jones plans on returning to action next season.
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Jones, who is receiving outpatient treatment, is getting back into basketball shape. On April 11, Jones posted a video to Twitter showing him playing a pick-up game in a local rec center. Smart alluded to Jones’ return to a basketball court on Tuesday.
“He goes to the local rec center to play basketball. So he’s actually playing, and his goal is to play next year. I’ve told him, ‘Hey man, let’s just get you healthy.’ But yeah, for him to have that in his mind, you can tell he’s a real fighter.”
Jones has previously stated that it’s “a possibility” he gets back to the Longhorns next season. If he can make his return, it won’t just be an incredibly inspiring story, Texas will be getting a darn good player. Jones was one of Texas’ stars before his diagnosis, and averaged 13.5 points on 46.3 percent 3-point shooting in 10 games last year.