Texas guard Andrew Jones making positive strides in battle against leukemia

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Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones continues to be away from the men’s basketball program as he battles leukemia.

A positive update about Jones was released on Saturday as he’s been receiving treatment in Houston for the last several weeks. Jones was originally diagnosed back in early January in the midst of a promising sophomore season with the Longhorns.

“Andrew was moved to Houston on Jan. 19 and has been receiving treatment at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is receiving the best possible care and taking the next steps in recovery,” the school’s statement said.

“We do want everyone to know that in the last two weeks, Andrew has made some positive strides. He’s even able to get out of bed and move around some, which is a huge difference from when he was first diagnosed in Austin.

“We are very appreciative of the outpouring of love and support for Andrew and our family, and we do ask that you continue to keep Andrew in your daily thoughts and prayers. We know there’s a long battle ahead, but together we will win this fight.”

Since Jones has been away, Texas has supported him in various ways, including holding up his jersey after an emotional double overtime win over TCU right after the diagnosis. Opponents have also supported Jones in various ways as the news has been felt all over college basketball.

The University of Texas also launched a website for the Andrew Jones and Family Support Fund that can be found right here. So far, over $156,000 worth of donations have been made by over 1,590 people as Jones has received support from all over the world.