Nando de Colo

Nando de Colo ( born June 23, 1987 in Sainte -Catherine -lès -Arras ) is a French basketball player. De Colo is derived from the training program of Cholet Basket and grew to become an international player. 2009, the San Antonio Spurs secured the NBA rights to de Colo by NBA Draft, while this changed to the Spanish basketball club from Valencia, with whom he won the ULEB Eurocup 2010. Since the NBA 2012/13, he plays for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. With the French national de Colo won after the silver medal at the European Basketball Championship in 2011 at the European Championship finals in 2013 the title and the gold medal.


De Colo moved in 2002 from his native northern French region of Nord- Pas -de- Calais from this training program of the basketball club from the west of France Cholet in the Pays de la Loire. In 2006, the new Turkish-born coach Erman Kunter the 19 -year-old de Colo firmly into the rotation of the first team in the highest French league LNB Pro A. As early as 2008 as a 20 -year-old, he was named MVP of both the regular season, the French All-Star games as well as the League Cup Semaine de ace. The League Cup he won with his teammates and in the French Cup Competition Coupe de France to reach the final. The following season, he reached the final of the Euro Cholet Basket Challenge, which went narrowly lost two points against the Italian hosts Virtus Bologna. After a furious comeback in the final minutes de Colo missed as top scorer of the finals in the last seconds of the game the ability to equal points. After he was drafted in the 2009 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, he moved to the 2009/10 season to Spain to Power Electronics Valencia, where his team-mate Florent Pietrus was already under contract and with whom he played in the following. With the club from Valencia de Colo won the more prestigious compared to the Euro Challenge in Eurocup final against the German representatives Alba Berlin and was voted as the best player at the point guard position in the Eurocup First Team that season. In the Spanish national championship is different in both 2010 and 2011, respectively in the first play-off round against after the Main Round worse -placed teams from the Spanish Cup Copa del Rey they reached the semi-finals respectively. As Eurocup winner of the preseason was started in the ULEB Euro Cup 2010/ 11 and just retired in the quarterfinal series in five games against the national competitors from Real Madrid.

De Colo signed a summer contract with the San Antonio Spurs. In his first pro season he reached the NBA Finals. There his Spurs documents but with 2:4 in the best- of-seven series against the Miami Heat.


With the national de Colo 2008 missed in the first qualifying round participation for the finals of the 2009 European Championships in Poland. In an additional qualifying round in August 2009 finally succeeded yet the qualification. In the finals they remained in primary and intermediate round undefeated, where you defeated by a game-winning basket success of de Colo with two points in the last intermediate round match Greece, although the France coach Vincent Collet had his Starting given Five lots of breaks. This success proved to be as deceptive, because that it was clear that we had to play in the quarterfinals against the weak started world champion and eventual champions Spain. De Colo was a tragic figure than you actually clearly lost this quarter-final match, which meant the only defeat of the French in the entire tournament. Although they had a defeat most games of all participating teams won, so you could only occupy the fifth place at the end.

In the 2010 World Cup they won in the first round against defending champion Spain in their opening group game and so celebrated a little revenge. However, after two more victories in the group stage, they lost the next three games, including the last sixteen game against the hosts and eventual runners-up Turkey, and thus retired early from the tournament. At the European Championships in 2011 it was inferior to the Spaniards in the second round again. Otherwise one was victorious until the finale, which meant qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The final itself was again lost to defending champion Spain.


His younger sister Jessie (* 1990) is also a French youth team player and player in the top French league.