Basketball’s Cavinder twins say they moved to Miami

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FILE – Fresno State’s Haley Cavinder, left, and Hanna Cavinder celebrate during the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Boise State on January 23, 2021, in Fresno, California. The sisters, who were among the first NCAA athletes to hit lucrative name, image and likeness deals, announced their move to Miami. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP, File)

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Haley and Hanna Cavinder are about to expose 4 million fans to Miami women’s basketball.

The Cavinder sisters — identical twin 5-foot-6 guards who averaged a combined 34.2 points per game over their three seasons at Fresno State and built a huge social network post-pandemic — announced Thursday night that they were transferred to Miami for their senior seasons.

Their notable stats: 3,040 combined points in 89 games, 400,000 Instagram followers each, and 4 million more on their shared TikTok account which mostly features them dancing side by side.

“WHAT’S UP MIAMI,” Hanna Cavinder wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her and her sister in Miami uniforms.

Miami later confirmed the move and announced that the sisters had officially signed with the Hurricanes.

“Going into the offseason losing four hard-hitting players, we felt like we had some specific needs and Haley and Hanna absolutely helped us meet a lot of them,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “These are huge elements for our program.”

Haley Cavinder was Mountain West’s Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2020-21, and was an all-conference selection as a rookie and junior. Hanna Cavinder also attended all conferences as a rookie. Haley Cavinder is a 200 3-pointer for her career; Hanna Cavinder has had at least 100 assists and 50 steals in each of her college seasons.

“When we arrived on campus, there was just a vibe and a feeling that you get when you know it’s the right decision,” Haley Cavinder said. “I just think with Coach Katie and the leader that she is and what she’s done with the program, there’s something that drew us in so much, and I think we knew when we left Miami that we wanted to come back.”

The Cavinders instantly became stars of the Name, Image and Likeness phenomenon as soon as it officially became an option for college athletes on July 1, 2021. Boost Mobile immediately signed them, touting the move with a giant advertisement in Times Square at New York. Numerous other deals, including those with Champs Sports, Eastbay and clothing company PSD, soon followed, and they even have a stake in another clothing company.

They can be rented through the Cameo site for personalized video messages ($75) or for business ($750). According to some estimates, their transactions are already worth more than a million dollars; others in the NIL space said it could be a lot more.

And now they’re coming to Miami, a school that has already seen several football players and others land lucrative NIL deals in recent months. The Cavinders join a Hurricanes program that finished 21-13 last season, went to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game for reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“They told me many times how badly they wanted to win and win big,” Meier said. “We were looking for people to help us make deeper runs in March, so that was perfect.”

The extra exposure the twins will bring won’t hurt. Miami averaged 1,378 fans at home games last season, just 11th out of 15 ACC teams.

The Cavinders hail from Arizona, but the move to Miami is something of a homecoming for the family. The sisters’ father, Tom Cavinder, played at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida – about 45 minutes north of Coral Gables – from 1992 to 1994.

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