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Pitino, Card fans send Jones support as he deals with great loss

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University of Louisville starting point guard Chris Jones University of Louisville starting point guard Chris Jones
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino talked about Jones on 84 WHAS Thursday. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino talked about Jones on 84 WHAS Thursday.
Bruce Poppe Bruce Poppe
Kaye Edsell Kaye Edsell
Brian Woosley Brian Woosley

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Louisville starting point guard Chris Jones was dealing with much more Wednesday night than trying to get a tough road win for the Cardinals. He was mourning the loss of his step-brother who was shot and killed Saturday in Memphis.

Thursday night, Louisville Coach Rick Pitino talked about the support around his player.

During his weekly show on 84 WHAS Radio, Pitino told fans his team played extremely well in their win against Southern Methodist considering what a tough environment they were in. He is particularly proud of Jones.

"As proud as I am of how he's come around as a basketball player, I'm more proud of the way he's changed as a person."

The impressive comeback and road win at SMU was led by Senior Russ Smith and by Jones who had 21 points and six steals, his best game of the season.

But what fans didn't know then?

Jones dedicated that game and his future play for the Cards to his step-brother and best friend Demetrius Ray, 24, who was killed Saturday in Memphis while the Cards were there playing the Tigers. Memphis police said Ray was shot in his driveway and died at the hospital.

Pitino told fans, "Chris playing hard and playing the right way in his brother's honor, is the thing to do."

Fan Bruce Poppe agreed of Jones, "He was playing for a cause and it was definitely his best game of the year."

"It's kind of difficult for the general public to fathom when kids grow up like Chris how much heartache there really is in life," Pitino said, "and then capped off by something like this, it's almost like there's one heartache after another."

Poppe said of hearing the news, "I was shocked that it was such a tragedy and yet he could still get out and play the way he did."

Fan Kaye Edsell said, "For that young man to come out and play as well as he did under those circumstances and the fact that he did so well too," she believes that says something about his character.

Fan Brian Woosley said, "I was really shocked to see him come out and perform like he did," he added, "It shows a lot of heart and courage because honestly I don't know if I could do something like that."

Noah Woosley, 13, is one of Jones biggest fans. He said hearing his hero lost one of his best friends made him sad and proud of the way he showed so much heart on the floor.

A teary eyed Noah said, "I don't know if I could do that."

Jones thanked UofL fans on social media Thursday for helping him get through this rough time in his life.

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