Per the Austin American-Stateman, University of Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Jones is currently undergoing evaluations and tests and will obviously be away from school and the basketball program for the foreseeable future.

Via Twitter, the school released statements from Jones’ family, head coach Shaka Smart, and AD Chris Del Conte.

Jones’ season got off to a good start, scoring in double-digits in seven of his first eight games. The sharpshooter led the team with a 46.3 shooting percent from 3-point range and seemed poised to be a focal point of the offense moving forward. However, Jones ended up missing four games in December following a fall that led a hairline fracture in his right wrist. He returned when Texas took on Kansas on December 29 but only logged nine minutes in the loss. Smart told reporters that while Jones looked winded, he just needed to get back in game shape.

However, before playing 11 minutes in a January 1 win over Iowa State, Jones had said he felt sick. After the game, Smart noted that while the wrist was healed, something was keeping Jones from getting his energy back. After some quiet days in which Jones did not travel with the team, the school made the official announcement on Wednesday.

Jones averaged 11.9 points as a freshman last season and attended the annual NBA scouting combine before returning for at least one more season in college.

It’s unclear whether Jones will attend any further games this season as the focus now shifts to his health and battling the disease. The 10-5 Longhorns will shift freshman Jase Febres into Jones’ starting spot as they attempt to put their heads down and play on their teammate’s behalf. Hopefully, he’ll be able to join them back on the court very soon. In the meantime, he has the full support of the UT and college basketball communities.


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