De Colo played overseas past two seasons, defending the colors of the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors. Nando played 98 games for the Spurs (9 starts) averaging 4.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.6 steals in 12.5 minutes. He also participated in 6 playoff games. During the previous season De Colo was sent to the D-League several times and then traded to Toronto. He played in 21 games for Canadian club averaging 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.3 steals in 9.2 minutes. By returning from America Nando has become the first French player in CSKA history.
Before leaving to the United States De Colo was considered one of the top European prospects. He won French Cup and the season MVP with Cholet ion 2008, Eurocup with Valencia in 2010. He is considered to be smart player, who reads the games well, shoots consistently and defends tough.
Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
With Nando we got quality guard, very good perimeter player who can cover several positions. I talked to him a number of time and I see that he wants to return to Europe and work for CSKA organization. As I told we need hungry and motivated players and I am sure that Nando’s motivation is high. He is ready to use his obvious talent to help our team to reach our goals.
Nando De Colo, CSKA guard:
I’m very pleased and proud to join such a famous club as CSKA with all its history. After the discussions I had with the coach and the President, it seemed obvious to me that I had to be part of this sport project. I will do all my best to help achieving CSKA’s goals.