Creighton's Jones quits because of heart

Creighton senior guard Josh Jones is quitting basketball because of a heart condition.

Courtesy: Creighton Media Relations

-- 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."

For more on Josh's heart condition and recent tribulations, read Sean Keeler's piece from Dec. 18th here.

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