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Head coach Greg McDermott hugs Josh Jones
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Basketball's Jones Hangs Up His High Tops

OMAHA, Neb. -- Josh Jones is hanging up his high tops for good. The senior guard on the Creighton men’s basketball team has announced that his basketball career is over, the result of an atrial flutter discovered after the Omaha native fainted prior to warm-ups at Nebraska 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 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. 

He tweeted the following last 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." 

The links above and to the right provide even more background on his issues and career, including tweets from around the country by national and regional media such as Clark Kellogg (CBS), Jeff Goodman (CBSSports.com), Matt Schick (ESPN), Kyle Peterson (ESPN), Todd Golden (Terre Haute Tribune-Star) and Troy Machir (NBC).

Jones will remain part of the program and sit on the bench the rest of this season before graduating in May.


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