Born in Manila, Philippines, 10-year-old Hazmon Genato dreams of becoming part of Gilas Pilipinas someday.
When Hazmon was four months old, his parents Raymon and Hazel Genato migrated to America. They currently reside in Norman, Oklahoma.
At six years old, Hazmon joined various tournaments and competed for teams such as Oklahoma Power 2025, Oklahoma Runnin Rebels 2026, Top Notch 2027, Premier 2026, and Norman Timberwolves 2026. At a young age, he already received invitations to leagues where he won championships and MVP awards.
Hazmon is now an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) elite after being discovered by scouts, and is now competing at the prestigious King of the City tournament in OKC this March.
Standing in 4-foot-8, Hazmon is known for his high basketball IQ, 3-point shooting, ball handling, and free-throw shooting.
Hazmon’s impressive skills in basketball are of no surprise; retired player Antonio Genato—who played for team Philippines in the 1952 Olympics and 1954 FIBA World Championship—is his grand uncle, which is why he has some Filipino ways in him. Hazmon likes adobo, ensaymada, and even bakes bibingka.
Asked about his dreams, Hazmon said he wants to play for Norman North High School, where future NBA draft pick Trae Young graduated. But his dream aside from NBA is to play for Gilas Pilipinas someday.
Will we see Hazmon in our national team soon? Not unlikely to happen, as sky is the limit for him.
Additional Facts About Hazmon:
- Hazmon idolizes Trae Young and Russell Westbrook.
- Some Filipino lines Hazmon likes saying: pogi ako, hindi ko alam, hindi ko gusto, and sobrang sarap
- His father is Filipino-American, while his mom is Filipino-Chinese, who both graduated from Far Eastern University
- You can follow Hazmon on Instagram: @airhazmon