Haley and Hanna Cavinder of the University of Miami women’s basketball team announced their time on college basketball courts is coming to a close.
The twins, who transferred to Miami last season after spending the last three seasons at Fresno State, quickly became well-known forces on the Florida-based team. With over 4.5 million followers on TikTok, the pair became one of the most NCAA profitable athletes the school has to offer. Needless to say, many are sad to see them go.
“Hanna and I have decided to not take our fifth year and start a new chapter in our lives. The U will always be home and we are forever proud to be Hurricanes,” Haley Cavinder wrote in a statement released on Twitter, which she also tagged her sister in.
“To everyone who has supported us through our basketball journey – We can’t thank you enough for all the love you gave each and every game,” the announcement continued. “What started as us playing basketball 16 years ago, turned into something bigger than we could ever imagine. We love you, Canes family.”
Although the Cavinder twins were eligible for a fifth year following the NCAA’s updated COVID-19 protocol, the sisters believe the time has come to move on from the university.
Reflecting on the college career of the Cavinder Twins
In the short amount of time they spent at the University of Miami, they helped lead their team to one of the best seasons the school has seen in terms of women’s basketball. Haley was the team’s leading scorer throughout the season with 12.2 points per game and both twins were leaders in the team’s free throw percentage.
Despite the fact that the University of Maimi ultimately lost to Louisiana State University during the NCAA Tournament, the Cavinder twins are considered to be irreplaceable forces in the world of women’s basketball.
Following the league’s new “Name, Image, and Likeness” (NIL) rule, which states student athletes are able to profit off their NIL, the two were quick to take advantage of this. With their substantial following on TikTok, the athletes curated $1.7 million in endorsement deals, working with brands such as Crocs, GoPuff, Champs Sports, Venmo, Boost Mobile, Raising Canes, and Intuit Turbotax.
With this being sad, the University of Miami are clearly losing two impressive players. In their closing statement, the Cavinders made sure to say, “Thank you for an unforgettable season. The love and support we received from the University and the city was special.”
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