Texas sophomore Andrew Jones diagnosed with leukemia

Stunningly sad news is breaking in Austin today.

University of Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia, the player’s family announced.

“After undergoing a number of tests & and evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia.

“He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts & prayers.

“This is obviously a difficult situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time.”

Jones played limited minutes in two games and sat out Saturday’s game at Baylor after returning from a wrist injury.

“Speaking for our entire team and staff, we love Andrew and will do everything we can to support his family and help him get back to health,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone for being respectful of the privacy that the Jones family needs at this time.”

Jones, a McDonald’s All-American out of Irving MacArthur, is second on the team averaging 13.5 points.

He was the team’s leading scorer when he went down with the wrist injury at Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 5.