Playing college basketball almost did not happen for Creighton Bluejays senior guard Josh Jones.
While in high school, he accepted a scholarship to attend Creighton. Six months later, he underwent open-heart surgery after an infection damaged a valve in his heart. Jones was told that Creighton would honor its scholarship commitment whether he can play or not.
His college basketball career has been filled with ups and downs. However, Jones was able to fulfill a dream.
Five years later, Jones has announced that his basketball career is over. It is the result of an atrial flutter discovered after the Omaha native fainted prior to warm-ups at Nebraska Huskers on Dec. 6th.
Jones underwent nine hours of testing on Dec. 18th, but in the end, the risk of continuing to play basketball was too much.
Jones made this announcement via his twitter page on Wednesday night:
“Today I would like to announce my early retirement 4rm my collegiate athletic career, and potentially further basketball aspirations. I’m may not have my career at bball anymore, but I do have my career in a healthy life and other successful opportunities. Thanks for support. After being so strong having to be away from the game.. I shed a tear of bitter sweetness about the feelings as I walk away from the game.”
Jones was Creighton’s top guard off the bench each of the past two years, averaging 7.0 points per game. He played in 108 games, including 14 starts, with the Bluejays, collecting 538 points, 151 rebounds, 131 assists and 67 steals.
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