Fucking awesome. No bigger dickhead on this planet than cancer and Andrew Jones just whooped it’s ass. When AJ was diagnosed, he was just 19 years old. His career, hopes, dreams and life all put in jeopardy. Nothing could have been more scary and devastating.
AJ wasn’t just an a average college athlete or role player when he was diagnosed, he was an absolute stud.
As a true freshmen (2017-2018 season) he averaged 11.4 points per game and could have easily turned pro the following year. However, he opted to return to UT for his sophomore year to help increase his draft stock and he picked up right where he left off his freshman year; increasing his scoring average, increasing his shooting percentage by 10 percent and increasing his three point percentage average from 32.8% to 46.3%. But after just playing ten games, he was diagnosed with leukemia.
AJ didn’t shy away from it though. He starred death right in the face and said fuck you. Throughout the entire process he constantly posted updates on his social media and even attended games and practices. I would like to think I would have that same type of courage and strength, but unfrontautely, I would probably just seclude myself in a dark room, binge watch Netflix and maybe live tweet The Bachelor on Mondays.
But AJ isn’t me. He fucking battled and he won. Now, after a year and a half since his original diagnosis he’s set to return for the 2019 season, which starts November 5th against Northern Colorado.
All signs point to AJ being being a huge part of the team and it will definitely be an awesome story to watch thoughtut the season. For those doubting if AJ can come back and be as good as he was before the diagnosis, just watch these video he posted on his IG:
“Remember when I could barely walk, now I’m flying.” Better luck next time, cancer!