Texas’ Andrew Jones will get standing ovation, scores in return from leukemia | NCAA Basketball


Andrew Jones acquired a standing ovation Tuesday as he made his return to the court docket in Texas’ 71-59 season-opening win over Jap Illinois.

The junior guard had battled leukemia and suffered a damaged toe in observe final month, however overcame the percentages in opposition to him after there have been doubts he would even play this season.

“Initially, when he checked in, I suppose it simply hit me and doubtless hit lots of people within the constructing that this man was laying within the hospital mattress a matter of months in the past,” Texas coach Shaka Good stated, through the Austin American-Statesman. “Now, he’s on the market in a Texas uniform.”

Jones first checked in with 11 minutes, 40 seconds remaining within the second half to a roaring crowd. He completed with one level, one rebound and one help in 9 minutes of motion.

“It felt good simply having his presence,” guard Matt Coleman III stated. “You could possibly see the followers, they actually care about him.”

Added Coleman: “He dealt with it very humbly. Andrew desires to be handled like he’s considered one of us.”

The Longhorns are subsequent slated to host Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET Friday.

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