Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Aaraon Jackson agreed with Bilbao for 2 seasons

Former Duquesne University guard Aaron Jackson, who completed his first professional overseas season this spring, has signed a deal with Bizkaia Bilbao of the Spanish Asociacion De Clubs De Balconcesto (ACB).

The ACB, which is the preeminent men's professional basketball league in Spain, is widely considered to be the second-best professional league in the world. Jackson, who is expected to be the only second-year pro to play in the ACB this season, agreed to a two-year deal with an NBA option.

"I'm really happy to have the chance to compete in the top league in Europe," said Jackson who is currently working out at the IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. "It is a great league with some great players."

The 6-4 guard averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a rookie for Antalya in the Turkish Basketball League. Jackson, a first team All-Atlantic 10 guard for the Dukes in 2008-09, was then picked up by Virtus Bologna for the Italian league playoffs. The Hartford, Conn. native averaged 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals in a team-high 32.1 minutes in seven games for Virtus Bologna.

"I really learned a lot about professional basketball and myself," said Jackson of his rookie season overseas. "Living in Turkey was a great experience and having a chance to help Bologna in the playoffs was a tremendous opportunity."

Jackson is preparing for the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, Fla. from July 5-9. Jackson will play for the Indiana Pacers in the 20-game event will which will feature teams representing the Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jackson has also been invited to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Las Vegas summer league from July 12-18. "Right now, the only thing I can control is me," said Jackson. "I am 100 percent focused on my game and working to get better. I'm grateful for the opportunities I have and I hope to make the best of them."

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