CSKA Moscow’s historically great offense this season was led by its high-scoring guards, but one of the men that was just as responsible for CSKA outdueling backcourt after backcourt all season was its defensive ace Aaron Jackson. He was simply an on-ball hound who disrupted opposing guards. Jackson showed his toughness during the season when he donned a protective mask and returned earlier than expected from reconstructive surgery to repair broken bones in his face suffered in a VTB League game. At the Final Four – his fourth in as many seasons with CSKA, Jackson left his mark on the championship game. He played most of the fourth quarter against Fenerbahce to stay with Bobby Dixon and Kostas Sloukas as they led a comeback. Come overtime, Coach Itoudis rotated Nando De Colo and Jackson on offense and defense as the latter made certain that the former’s scoring efforts held up. He finished the game with 8 points and led the celebrations as a first-time Euroleague champion.