Arizona Digest: TikTok sensations Haley and Hanna Cavinder announce transfer to Miami_freckle removal manchester

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  • Haley CavinderAmerican basketball player and internet personality
  • Katie MeierAmerican basketball player-coach
Fresno State women's basketball guards Hanna and Haley Cavinder (middle, left to right, No. 0 and No. 1)
Fresno State women's basketball guards Hanna and Haley Cavinder (middle, left to right, No. 0 and No. 1)

When twins Haley and Hanna Cavinder committed to Fresno State three years ago, they were stars at Gilbert High but little known in the wider world. Now, they’re among the most recognizable players in college sports, having amassed four million followers on their combined TikTok account, which features videos of them dancing together.

On Thursday, they announced that they would be transferring to Miami.

“WHAT’S UP MIAMI,” they wrote in a combined post on their Instagram pages, which each have over 400,000 followers. A few minutes later, they posted the same graphic in a TikTok video that has 465,000 views and 76,000 likes as of Friday morning.

@cavindertwins WHAT’S UP MIAMI 🙌🏼🧡💚 #fyp #committed #basketball ♬ original sound - Sydney Parrish

Over the past three years, the twins have not only been stars off the court, but also on it. The 5-foot-6 guards combined to average 34.2 points per game during their careers at Fresno State, with Haley being named All-Mountain West three times and Hanna getting the nod each of the past two years.

“Coming into the offseason losing four impactful players, we felt like we had specific needs and Haley and Hanna absolutely helped us meet several of them,” Miami coach Katie Meier told reporters. “They are huge pieces for our program.”

Because of the combination of their on-court production and marketability — their total NIL deals are estimated at over $1 million — the twins had no shortage of suitors once they entered the transfer portal last month.

Miami, though, proved to be an appealing option. In addition to the departures mentioned by Meier, the Hurricanes have a track record of recent success, having reached the NCAA Tournament in nine of the past 11 seasons.

Plus, the school’s status as a nationally recognizable brand located in a global hub of fashion and entertainment will likely serve to boost the twins’ marketability.

“When we got on campus, there was just a vibe and a feeling you get when you know it is the right decision,” Haley Cavinder told reporters. “I just think with Coach Katie and the leader she is and what she has done with the program, there is something that we were so attracted to, and I think we knew when leaving Miami that we wanted to come back.”

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