Aaron Jackson Signs Three-Year Contract With CSKA Moscow
June 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Former Duquesne guard Aaron Jackson (2006-09) has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
Jackson, who spent the past two seasons with Bilbao of the Spanish ACB, was a first team All-Atlantic 10 performer for the Dukes in 2009.
The Hartford, Conn. native established himself as one of the top guards in the ACB where he averaged 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 20 games in 2012. He helped Bilbao to the quarterfinals in the Euroleague in May, losing to eventual finalist CSKA Moscow.
Jackson averaged 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists in four playoffs games against CSKA, ranking fifth in performance index ranking (16.5 per game). He led Bilbao in points (51), assists (23), steals (6) and index rating (66) in the playoffs.
Last year, Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in leading Bilbao to the ACB Playoff Final for the first time in franchise history.
The 6-4 guard, who finished his college career with a memorable 46-point performance in a 116-108 double overtime loss at Virginia Tech in the first round NIT, averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a rookie for Antalya in the Turkish Basketball League in 2010. He was then picked up by Virtus Bologna for the Italian league playoffs where he averaged 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals in a team-high 32.1 minutes in seven games.
It was after the Italian League playoffs that he signed with Bilbao.
The announcement of Jackson's signing came hours after CSKA named Ettore Messina head coach. Messina, who served as a Los Angeles Lakers assistant this past season, is considered one of the top European coaches of all-time, having won two Euroleague championships with Virtus Bologna and four Russian SuperLeague titles with CSKA Moscow.
"First of all, Aaron is a player who brings enthusiasm and energetic attitude to the team," Messina said. "I think he has a warrior character, something we used to see in our beloved J.R. Holden. I am sure fans will like him a lot. He is also a player who has been improving every season, especially since he came to Bilbao. Jackson is also a complete player who is not afraid to take the responsibility under pressure. We are confident he will be a good addition to our team."