Texas guard Andrew Jones, a sophomore battling leukemia, has been released from a Houston-area hospital. Jones announced the news earlier this week on his Twitter account and he released a statement Monday updating more intimate details regarding his recovery status.

"I was released from MD Anderson Cancer Center on Saturday night (Feb. 24) around 5 p.m. and have started receiving treatments on an outpatient basis," Jones said. "That was a great night and a big step for me and my family.

My doctors tell me I am continuing to show improvement, and that is really encouraging.

My family and I will remain in Houston for this next stage of my recovery. As we've said before, I'm really thankful for all the love and support that has been shown to me and to my family. It has truly been overwhelming. I hope you'll continue to keep me in your daily thoughts and prayers. Together, we WILL win this fight."

Jones is the team's second leading scorer and was an integral part of the Longhorns' tournament push before stepping aside for cancer treatment. He last played on Jan. 1, when he played only 11 minutes in an overtime victory against Iowa State.

Andrew Jones' road to recovery gets more encouraging this week. USATSI