One of the fastest-rising French teams, Nanterre 92, comes off another good season in which the team was competitive on all fronts. The club's history stretches back nearly nine decades; Jeunesse Sportive des Fontenelles de Nanterre was founded in 1927, but it competed for decades in the lower divisions and regional competitions. In 1987, volunteers – led by new president Jean Donnadieu and Coach Pascal Donnadieu – took over the club from the outskirts of Paris and Nanterre needed only 15 years to move up 10 levels of French basketball. In 2004, it gained promotion into the second tier for the first time. The club made several runs at moving up to the top flight over the next seven years and played the 2007 French Cup finals. Finally, at the end of the 2010-11 season, Nanterre claimed the Pro B crown by downing Dijon 73-60 in the title game to advance to the Pro A. Its first-ever season in the top French League saw the club preserve its status. A year later Nanterre reached the French Cup finals and squeezed into the playoffs before going on a magical run of seven wins in eight games en route to winning the 2013 French title. In its EuroLeague debut in the 2013-14 season, Nanterre missed the Top 16 by one win and then moved on to the EuroCup, where it reached the eighthfinals. At home, the team added to its trophy collection with its first French Cup by beating SLUC Nancy and also played in the Leaders Cup final. The club did even better in the 2014-15 campaign, in which Nanterre managed to lift two trophies. It won the French Supercup over Limoges CSP and then marched to the FIBA EuroChallenge finals, where it beat Trabzonspor 63-64 on the road on an incredible buzzer-beater by T.J. Campbell. The club made its EuroCup debut in the 2015-16 season and despite beating powerhouses Dominion Bilbao Basket, Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Telekom Baskets Bonn, it did not advance past the regular season. Nanterre went on to win its second French Cup in 2017 by downing Le Mans 79-96 in the title game and also lifted the FIBA Europe Cup trophy after defeating Elan Chalon in the two-game total-points finals. No more titles have come in the last few seasons, in which Nanterre kept fighting hard in all competitions. In 2018-19, Nanterre reached the quarterfinals in both the French Cup and Leaders Cup and advanced to the French League semifinals. In 2019-20, Nanterre came up one win short of reaching the Top 16 in the EuroCup. Nanterre will be ready to take another step forward in the EuroCup in its third go-around as it tries to make a name for itself on the continental map.
|FIBA Europe Cup: 2017
|FIBA Eurochallenge: 2015
|France National League: 2013
|France National Cup: 2014, 2017
|France Match des Champions: 2014, 2017