Andrew Jones Returns from Battling Leukemia, Scores

Andrew Jones receives standing ovation

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Both happened on opening night.

Texas' Andrew Jones played just 10 games for the Longhorns past year, missing time after a leukemia diagnosis in January.

Jones first checked in with 11 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the second half to a roaring crowd. The 20-year-old rejoined the team for fall camp and entered Tuesday night's game despite being unsure if he would play at all this season. In January, Texas announced that Jones was diagnosed with the disease and he missed the rest of the season.

"It's great to see Andrew out on the court", Texas coach Shaka Smart said. "It's terrific seeing him back on the court and doing what he loves". The rising junior led Texas with 13.5 points per game past year. He was exactly that, too, averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game as a freshman before testing the NBA Draft waters and eventually returning to school.

He returned to the team in September, but a fractured toe set him back.

He was not made available to reporters after the game but told reporters last week: "I didn't want to feel like a victim". "It's a choice whether if you want to just continue to go on and fight through adversity, or you can just sit there and let it take over you".

He played for nine minutes in the Longhorns 71-59 win over Eastern Illinois and finished the game with one point from a free throw, a rebound, an assist and a steal, CBS Sports reported. "Through the grace of God, anything is possible".

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