Social media sensation Cavinder twins enter transfer portal

Cavinder twins at post game press conference after their game against Stanislaus State on Nov. 17, 2021 at Save Mart Center. (Melina Kazanjian/ The Collegian)

Haley and Hanna Cavinder – some of the main faces of the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) era – have entered their names into the transfer portal, and will be leaving the Fresno State women’s basketball program.

The duo made the announcement on Twitter on Monday morning. 

“We have grown so much as people and players at Fresno, making this not an easy decision,” Haley Cavinder posted. “With that being said, we have prayed and talked to our family about what is best for the future. Hanna and I have decided to enter our name into the transfer portal to continue our basketball career somewhere else.”

The third-year Fresno State basketball players have 4 million followers on Tik Tok and 71,000 subscribers on Youtube. When the NIL deal became official on July 1, 2021, the twins signed an endorsement deal with Boost Mobile, making them two of the first college athletes to sign a deal.

Their faces were featured on billboard advertisements displayed in Times Square in New York City.

“Today is a big step in empowering student athletes like us to take charge of our future and achieve fair recognition for the hard work we put in – both on and off the court. We are excited to partner with Boost in and for their support of this big milestone; not just for us, but for student athletes across the country – and for years to come,” Haley Cavinder said at the time.

Opendorse, Fresno State athletics’ marketing partner for student-athlete resources on NIL rights, projected that the twins could make more than $600,000 per year in revenue from Tik Tok, Youtube and branded posts alone, according to The Fresno Bee.

The twins spent three seasons at Fresno State. During their freshman year, the Bulldogs won the Mountain West (MW) regular season crown, but came short in the tournament. In the 2020-2021 season, the Bulldogs made it to the tournament championship but were upset by the No. 7 seed Wyoming.

Fresno State went 11-18 this season, and had a first-round exit in the MW tournament.

Haley Cavinder was named MW freshman of the year in 2020 and MW player of the year in 2021. She is the third player in MW history and first since 2006,  to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding during conference play. 

She also owns the most 20-point games in the conference play with 10 and 14 games along with league-high eight double-doubles. 

Hanna Cavinder was named to two All-MW teams in her 2020 and 2021 season. She was also on the 2020 All-Freshman Team along with her sister. 

The twins have two years of eligibility left.

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