Josh Jones (heart condition) 'retires'

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton senior backup guard Josh Jones won't play basketball again because of a heart condition.

Jones fainted before the Dec. 6 game at Nebraska and underwent surgery 12 days later to fix an atrial flutter. Doctors have said Jones will require more procedures.

Coach Greg McDermott said Wednesday night that doctors advised Jones to give up basketball.

"Today I would like to announce my early retirement 4rm my collegiate athletic career, and potentially further basketball aspirations," Jones tweeted. "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."

Messages were left for Jones and his mother.

Jones had an infected heart valve in 2007 when he was a high school senior. He had no more problems until minutes before the Nebraska game.

Jones played in eight games this season, scoring 18 in a win over UAB. He appeared in 108 games in his Creighton career, averaging 5.0 points in 15 minutes.

The Omaha World-Herald earlier reported Jones' decision.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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