Tuesday, RADIO.COM's Jordan Schwartz took an extended look at how the 2019-20 NCAA basketball season is likely to play out. It was a tremendous piece, one that you will be better for reading.
But for as interesting as preseason prognostications are, it's the unpredictable part of college basketball that draws so many to the sport. And, on the first night of the 2019-20 season, something rather amazing happened.
University of Texas shooting guard Andrew Jones averaged 11.4 points-per-game in 2016-17 in his freshman year. His path to opening night of the 2019-20 season took a scary turn, as he was limited to just 12 total games over the past two seasons as he underwent treatment for Leukemia, which he was diagnosed with in January of 2018.
The 6'4, 190-pound guard is healthy at the outset of the 2019-20 season, and looked it in Texas' season-opening 69-45 win over Northern Colorado. Jones delivered an inspiring individual performance, as he finished the night with a career-high 20 points in 29 minutes:
After the game, Jones was at a loss for words, but said that a pregame discussion with coach Shaka Smart put him at ease.
"Man, I can't even explain the feeling," Jones told the Longhorn Network. "Coach gave me a pep talk before the game even started, reminding me about the 23 months...the last time I played...and just how much work I put in. So I had just to trust my work and everything I've been putting in and come out and play."