Texas basketball player Andrew Jones, a leukemia survivor, honored with Most Courageous Award
Texas senior Andrew Jones has been selected as the co-winner of the United States Basketball Writers Association’s Perry Wallace Most Courageous Award, the USBWA announced Friday.
Jones will be honored along with co-winner Justin Hardy of Washington University in St. Louis at the Final Four in New Orleans.
Since 1978, the USBWA annually recognizes a player, coach, official or administrator who has “demonstrated extraordinary courage reflecting honor on the sport of amateur basketball.”
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It’s well known to Texas fans how Jones was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2018 and underwent a yearlong series of treatments at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was still going through some treatments last year and has battled through a basketball-related hip injury.
Off the court, Jones has partnered with the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. The Irving native has said that a portion of all money generated through name, image and likeness opportunities would go to the Jimmy V Foundation.
Hardy, a Division III player, is battling stage 4 stomach cancer while still playing for his team.
As part of the award, the USBWA will donate $1,000 to the charity or scholarship fund of Jones' and Hardy’s choice.
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