Ferdinando Gentile

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Nando Gentile
Personal information
Born 1 January 1967
Caserta, Campania, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Listed weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 1989 / Undrafted
Playing career 1982–2005
Position Point guard
Number 5
Coaching career 2006–present
Career history
As player:
1982–1993 Juvecaserta Basket (Italy)
1993–1994 Stefanel Trieste (Italy)
1994–1998 Stefanel Milano (Italy)
1998–2001 Panathinaikos (Greece)
2001–2002 Snaidero Udine (Italy)
2002 Pallacanestro Reggiana (Italy)
2002 Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
2003–2004 JuveCaserta (Italy)
2004–2005 Artus Maddaloni (Italy)
As coach:
2006–2007 Andrea Costa Imola
2008–2009 Virtus Roma
2011–2012 Veroli Basket
Career highlights and awards
Career Lega Basket Serie A statistics
Points 7470
Assists 1068
Steals 1080

Ferdinando "Nando" Gentile, born 1 January 1967, is an Italian former professional basketball player. Playing as a point guard, Gentile had a successful club career, amassing a slew of trophies in Italy and Greece, including the Euroleague.

He also played for the Italian national team, with whom he won a silver medal at EuroBasket 1991.

Professional career[edit]

The Caserta native started his career at only 15 with local side Juvecaserta Basket under coach Bogdan Tanjević in 1982. He played a few games as the team earned promotion from the Serie A2 to the first division Serie A at the end of the season.[1][2]

Gentile soon became "big-time player" for Caserta, helping them qualify for the 1983–84 FIBA Korać Cup, their first participation in European competition. Caserta and Gentile reached the final of the 1985–86 FIBA Korać Cup but lost to Virtus Roma.[1]

In 1988 the team won the Italian Cup, Gentile's first trophy. This allowed Caserta to play in the 1988-89 Saporta Cup, where they reached the final, losing in overtime to Real Madrid.[1]

His defining feat during his Caserta career was his participation in the 1991 Serie A title obtained by the Campanians, scoring 28 points in the finals game 5 against Olimpia Milano.[1]

Gentile moved to Stefanel Trieste in 1993, reuniting with coach Tanjević, he reached the 1993–94 FIBA Korać Cup final with the side.[3]

When owner Bepi Stefanel left Trieste to go to Olimpia Milano in 1994, he also moved the whole squad to Milan, including Gentile and Tanjević. He captained the team as they completed the double in 1995-96, winning the Serie A and the Cup, nearly achieving a triple but losing in the Korać Cup final. He reached two other European finals with Milan, the 1995 Korać Cup and 1998 EuroCup, but lost both whilst in 1997 he suffered a knee injury as Milan stalled in the Euroleague quarterfinals.[3]

In 1998, with Milan on the verge of getting dismantled, Gentile signed for Panathinaikos in Greece.[3] With the Athens side he would win three consecutive Greek Basket League championships in as many years. Furthermore he helped the Greeks win the 1999–2000 FIBA Euroleague, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final. The next season he reached the final of the SuproLeague (the renamed official successor to the Euroleague) but this time Panathinaikos lost to Maccabi.[3]

Gentile returned to Italy in 2001, briefly turning up for Snaidero Udine,[2] before finishing the season with second division side Pallacanestro Reggiana. Following that he had a parenthesis with Montepaschi Siena in the Serie A, playing 5 games.[2]

He returned to JuveCaserta, by now in the third division Serie B, to play the 2003-04 season. After turning up for amateur side Artus Maddaloni the next year, he retired in 2005.

Coaching career[edit]

Gentile next started a coaching career with second division Andra Coasta Imola for`the 2006-07 season,[4] though he did not finish the season after bad results.

He joined Virtus Roma as an assistant coach in 2008, when head coach Jasmin Repeša resigned after a few months, he was appointed head coach in January 2008.[5] Though he was confirmed for 2009-10,[4] he resigned in December 2009.[6]

A stint with Veroli in 2011-12 remains, to date, his last coaching experience.

International career[edit]

Gentile played for the Italy national basketball team Under-18's in the 1986 European Championship and the Under-19's in the 1987 World Championship.[7]

Having made his debut for the senior side in 1984, he took part in EuroBasket 1987, EuroBasket 1993, and EuroBasket 1995.[8]

With Italy he won was a silver medalist at the EuroBasket 1991.

He also played at the 1993 Mediterranean Games, winning gold.[8]

An October 1996 qualification game for the EuroBasket 1997 was his last game for the Nazionale.[8]


Nando's two sons Stefano and Alessandro are also professional basketball players, both have played for Olimpia Milano, with Alessandro also captaining the side.[3]






  1. ^ a b c d "The club scene: Pepsi Caserta". Eurocup Basketball. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ferdinando Gentile" (PDF). Lega Basket Serie A (in Italian). Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nando Gentile: The Olimpia's Hall of Famer". Olimpia Milano. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Gentile to return as Roma head coach". Euroleague. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nando Gentile becomes Roma head coach". Euroleague. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lottomatica brings in Matteo Boniciolli". Euroleague. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Italy: 5 - Ferdinando Gentile". FIBA. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Ferdinando Gentile". Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (in Italian). Retrieved 18 June 2015. 

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