AUSTIN (KXAN) — Andrew Jones announced Tuesday that he is returning for his sixth season with the Texas Longhorns basketball team.
Jones posted on Twitter that “after thoughtful consideration with my family, God, and the new coaching staff. I’m back for another year.”
The inspiring, fan-favorite is currently classified as a redshirt junior after being diagnosed with leukemia three years ago. Jones received medical redshirts for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as he continued his cancer treatments.
Jones battled cancer for over 18 months, completing treatment in September 2019.
He was named the 2019-20 Big 12 Conference Male Sportsperson of the Year, rewarded to the player that showed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement.
Jones fully returned to the program during the 2019-20 season, playing in all 31 games. He was a pillar of the Longhorns’ 2020-21 starting lineup, averaging 14.6 points a game. He nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer at West Virginia for a Texas win in early January.
Jones’ decision to return to Texas says a lot about new head coach Chris Beard’s ability to recruit players back to the Longhorns. The current Longhorns roster is basically bare. Jones will provide stability and quality for Beard’s program.
A look at the current Longhorns roster
The basketball roster on the Texas Athletics website looks lonely — actually, it’s a blank slate. Chris Beard is the only name currently listed for the 2021-22 roster page.
As of Tuesday, April 13, there are six players that are expected to be in a Longhorns uniform for next season.
Several 2020-21 Texas players haven’t announced their future plans, but are eligible to return. The previous season didn’t count against eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seniors Jericho Sims and Matt Coleman could take advantage of a fifth season. Junior Courtney Ramey could also decide to return. Freshman Greg Brown is considered a NBA lottery pick, but he hasn’t announced his decision.
Here’s the current list so far.
Returning to Texas
- Keeyan Itejere – Forward (signed with Texas prior to Shaka Smart’s departure)
- Jaylon Tyson – Forward
- Devin Askew – Guard (announced commitment to Texas from Kentucky on Tuesday)