The MVP of the Month honor is now in its 12th season. Although statistics and performance index ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for February was based on the three Top 16 games that all teams played during the month.
Appropriately enough, De Colo hit the first basket of February for CSKA in what soon became a blowout 59-94 road win against Zalgiris Kaunas. De Colo finished with 19 points in less than 23 minutes on court while hitting 3 three-pointers, pulling 3 rebounds, dishing 3 assists and making 3 steals, the most by a CSKA player all month. At home the following week, De Colo scored 14 of his 19 points after halftime and made 4 assists as CSKA turned away visiting Olympiacos with a 92-85 decision. In February's last game, CSKA had the chance to avenge its first Top 16 loss, which had happened at the buzzer to cross-town rival Khimki. But there was no drama this time as De Colo piled up 19 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. His assist total was another high for CSKA in February, proving that while he leads the Euroleague in scoring, De Colo does plenty more to help his team win. In so doing, CSKA won its three games by an average of 17.3 points, thereby boosting its chances for a higher place if tiebreakers come into play in the tight Group F standings.
In a short month during which CSKA went from doubt to dominance, De Colo finished with averages of 19 points, 2 steals and 25 PIR, putting him among the top five players in February in all three categories. With his team-high 5 assists per game for the month, too, De Colo did everything in his power to put CSKA in the driver's seat of the playoffs race. His efforts are sure to be cheered again by CSKA's faithful fans when De Colo receives his award at an upcoming home game.