Texas’ Andrew Jones ‘absolutely’ plans to play again

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Texas point guard Andrew Jones, who is currently in the middle of a fight against leukemia, “absolutely” plans to play basketball again, according to Gene Wojciechowski, an ESPN sideline reporter that worked Monday night’s games between Baylor and Texas.

Elijah Mitrou-Long, who is sitting out the season as a transfer from Mount St. Mary’s, spoke with Wojciechowski and provided an update on Jones’ condition. The sophomore posted a video of himself shooting baskets in the hospital last week. He’s been in a hospital in Houston for nearly a month now.

“I talked to his teammate and best friend Eli Long at the shoot-around today. Eli actually went to Houston and spent the night on a couch in his hospital room just to be with Andrew,” Wojciechowski said during the first half of the game. “He said his spirits are great. He thanks everybody for all the public support. He FaceTimed with his Longhorn teammates on Sunday. And he absolutely plans to play again, Fran.”

It’s been special to see the outpouring of support that Jones has received from Big 12 rivals. Just about every team that the Longhorns have played have sported some kind of message on their warmup shirts supporting Jones. The school has raised more than $181,000 to help with medical bills.