Guard Aaron Jackson leaves our team upon expiration of his contract.
American point guard impressed everyone by his performance in Bilbao Basket, joined CSKA in 2012 and has become the integral part of the Army Team. In his five seasons here Aaron jumped into Top 10 in games played for the club (306, 194 starts). He also recorded 879 assists – only Holden, Khryapa, Teodosic and Papaloukas had more. With his active involvement the red-blues won the Euroleague title in 2016 and defended Russian and VTB League titles year after year. Aaron was the team’s co-captain last two seasons.
Andrey Vatutin, CSKA Moscow President:
It is always difficult to say “farewell” to our team’s player. Initially we collect the roster by picking not only the good players but the good persons as well; we spend a lot of time together to become real friends. But Jack’s case is extremely tough. Aaron was a soul of the team, he was its barrel of laughs and unquestioned authority at the same time. He demanded a lot from his teammates, sharing the captain’s duties with Victor, but he was also the first to jump into battle not giving up a single inch of the floor. His flow of spirits, sincerity of his words and actions made him loved by everyone – teammates, coaches, staff, fans, journalists. He will stay forever as our good friend, we will be happy to see him on any given day, in any place, wearing any team’s uniform. I sincerely wish Aaron to be happy person, to play many more years and reach a lot in his pro career.
Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA Moscow head coach:
It was a real privilege to work with such player, with such character. He always had a wish to practice, to compete. I thank him for cooperation and achievements with CSKA, I wish Aaron the best of luck in personal and basketball life.
I want to say thank you to the entire management and staff of CSKA for giving me an opportunity to help win titles for the club. Words can’t express how much love was built during my 5 years here. I also want to thank the fans and supporters for being patient while I grew up as a basketball player in front of them.