College basketball's most exciting matchup on opening night may be the night club of the Champions Classic between Duke and…
College basketball’s most exciting matchup on opening night may be the night club of the Champions Classic between Duke and Kentucky. Or maybe it was the game that preceded it in Kansas-Michigan State. But hands down the best moment took place more than 1,000 miles south in Austin, Texas, when Longhorns watched Andrew Jones check in for the first time after a monthly stroke of leukemia.
Jones met with a standing ovation from the Texas crowd when he entered the game, and the noise became delicate after he hit a free kick shortly thereafter.
Jones played in only 1
0 matches last Texas season before a leukemia diagnosis left him no choice but to leave the team to fight the disease. The result was more than a six month long match beforewith the team at the end of September.
“It’s been good to have him back,” said Texas coach Shaka Smart at the time. “It’s great to see him back in court and do what he loves. He has participated in some training. There’s sometimes where he is being stretched.” The doctor and coaches want to make sure we restore his strength before being thrown out there full time . “
Jones led Longhorn’s last season in points before his diagnosis forced him from the game. In his two seasons with Texas, he is on average 11.9 points, 3.2 helps and 3.6 returns per game.
Jones played nine minutes in UTs 71-59 victory vs Eastern Illinois and ended with a point with a rebound, assisting and stealing.