A little more than a month ago, former Butler basketball player Andrew Smith received a bone marrow transplant in an attempt to cure his T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Smith was discharged from the hospital on Nov. 30, but on Dec. 2, he had to be readmitted. Smith’s wife, Samantha, recently provided updates on her husband’s status on her blog. Unfortunately, Andrew’s condition has worsened.

According to Samantha, Andrew’s disease has become ‘extremely aggressive’ and has transformed from a lymphoma into leukemia. There is still hope, but Smith’s situation appears to be more urgent than ever.

On Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Smith’s alma mater held a moment of silence for its former star big man, wishing him warm thoughts before the Bulldogs’ matchup against Tennessee:

Hinkle Prayers for Moose

Hinkle Fieldhouse pauses for a moment of thought and prayer in support of Andrew "Moose" Smith.

Posted by Butler Bulldogs on Saturday, December 12, 2015

That was certainly a touching moment at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Here’s to hoping for the best for Andrew “Moose” Smith and his family.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.

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