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Texas guard Andrew Jones opens up about dealing with leukemia

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Instead of just cheering for his Longhorns, Texas journalism student Ariea Bastami raps about them. Watch his latest Longhorn-themed rap about head coach Shaka Smart, Mo Bamba, Andrew Jones and other key members of the burnt orange basketball team

Texas shooting guard Andrew Jones is on the mend.

In his first interview since he was diagnosed with leukemia back in early January, the Irving MacArthur High School product discussed how he has been dealing with the illness.

Here's what he told Alan Branch and Royce Johnson of the Oak Cliff-based Lone Star Sports Network:

"I was feeling good," Jones said. "There's been a lot of days in the month of January where I just didn't feel good, couldn't move and stuff like that. But as soon as I started feeling better, feeling better about myself, I was just in a great place."

The sophomore had previously been getting treatment at the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, but now he's receiving care at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Jones had been giving occasional updates about his status via social media, like this one:

In addition, Jones thanked everyone for all the support that has been thrown his way. Through a fund created in Jones' honor and his family, he's received over $182,000 in donations.

"Tomorrow is never promised, so that's how I'm going to attack each day, each workout that I go to - getting healthy, get back to playing basketball again," he told the two hosts.

You can watch Jones' interview with Branch and Johnson on the Lone Sports Network here:

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