Hansel Donato

Updated: Aug 16


Credit: Maritza Fiallos

To conclude the summer AAU cycle, The Circuit Championship at the Fantastic 40 brought together elite sneaker-affiliated and independent programs under one roof. Taking place at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, Pro Insight was on hand to cover the four-day event.


In between games, we caught up with Hansel Donato of Life Christian (FL) and SOH Elite (FL). Standing at 6’6”, Donato flashed his high-level athleticism, creative finishing, passing instincts, and high motor.


As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Donato touched on his background, his game, his recruitment update, what he wants to be remembered for, and more.


For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2022 prospect Hansel Donato, from Los Mina, Dominican Republic:


Pro Insight: Talk a bit about your background.


Hansel Donato: I’m from the Dominican Republic. I came here for a scholarship and everything. I feel good, thanks to God, that I have had the chance to come to the United States to progress forward.


PI: Do you have any siblings that play sports?


HD: I have four siblings — two sisters and two little brothers. They don’t play sports.


PI: You’re the only one who plays basketball?


HD: Yes, I’m the only one who plays basketball.


PI: Did you play other sports growing up?


HD: Yes, baseball.


PI: For those who haven’t seen you play — what are your strengths?


HD: On the court I like to shoot the 3, attack on the fast break, and pass the ball.


PI: What are some areas of your game you’re trying to improve?


HD: I’m working on my defense and continuing to adapt to the playing systems here.


PI: What are you doing to improve your defense?


HD: Working on it, trying to defend who is in front of me and just practicing the fundamentals.


PI: What are some underrated aspects of your game?


HD: My intensity in how I play and when I do extraordinary things people don’t expect.


PI: Where does that intensity come from?


HD: I get my energy and motivation from my grandmother. Growing up, she taught me to go hard or go home. It’s hard where I come from in the Dominican Republic, there is a “no prisoners mentality” and it’s hard to make it out. I have no other options but to go hard.


PI: What’s the update with your recruitment?


HD: There is a lot of interest, but no official offers yet. (Note: has since received his first official offer from Tennessee State)


PI: What are you looking for in a school of choice?


HD: Adjusting to the scheme of things with any team. Academics are very important for me and my family. Being able to graduate with a good degree. Being a part of the team in any way, shape, or form that the coaches want me to do.


PI: What type of system fits your playing style?


HD: A fast paced system where the ball is moving around. Trying to get up and down the court as much as possible.


PI: Any players you enjoy watching?


HD: Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant.


PI: What do you like to do in your free time?