AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas at Austin basketball star Andrew Jones is speaking out for the first time since his cancer diagnosis in January.
Jones was one of the best players last year before his cancer diagnosis. He averaged a team-high 13.5 points last year in just 18 games.
Earlier this year on Jan. 10, the school announced Jones was diagnosed with leukemia. Back in August, Jones tweeted that he was done with chemotherapy.
“It really meant a lot to me to know I had a great support system here with my family and with my team,” said Jones.
Jones enrolled in online classes during summer school and is back to being a full-time student-athlete again this semester. Jones is still doing outpatient treatment for an unrelated injury this pre-season, breaking his toe during practice, but he’s back working out with the team again.
“I didn’t want to feel like a victim to my situation. God puts his strongest soldiers in battles that He knows they can handle, so I just kept faith and I just knew that this was just a bump in the road for me,” Jones explained.
Across the country and especially in the Big 12, schools showed an outpouring of support for Jones. Jones said he is appreciative of it all, but once the game tips off, the competitor in him will come back out and he doesn’t want other teams to treat him any differently.