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Highlights from Andrew Jones’ media availability as the junior discusses his cancer battle and return to the Forty Acres

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Texas basketball star Andrew Jones met with the media Wednesday afternoon for the first time since the junior was diagnosed with leukemia last January.

Jones shared a little bit about his cancer battle, thanked the Longhorn family for their support and talked about his return and expectations around the 2018-2019 basketball season.

Below are some of the highlights:

Texas basketball kicks off the season next Tuesday, November 6 against Eastern Illinois and follows that game with a marquee non-conference home contest Friday, November 9 against Arkansas.

While the Frank Erwin Center is routinely mocked as one of the quietest places to play in college basketball, I have to imagine it will be as loud as it has ever been when Jones walks out of the tunnel and rejoins his teammates for the first time — as it should be.

Welcome back, #AJ1.

Update (1:57 p.m.): Below is full video of the press conference.