Among the Youngest Athletes to Bag Puma Deal, Who Are 18 YO Twins Mia and Mya Pauldo?

Published 09/05/2023, 7:10 AM EDT

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Grabbing the spotlight in the world of high school basketball are twin sisters Mia and Mya Pauldo, putting up strong performances for Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey. Even though they are only sophomores, the Pauldo sisters have caught the eye of many with their exceptional talent and complementary playing styles.

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Furthermore, being just eighteen, they have managed to bag NIL deals with the international sports brand, Puma. So, who are the 18 YO twins Mia and Mya Pauldo?

Who are the Pauldo Twins?

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A powerful twin duo is dominating New Jersey’s high school basketball scene. Meet Mia and Mya Pauldo, two outstanding freshmen from Morris Catholic High School, causing a stir both on and off the court. Mia has already been ranked as one of the top 10 recruits in her class with a game average of over 20 points and eight rebounds.

Her sister, Mya isn’t far behind with an astounding 16 points per game. The 5-foot-7 twins, sometimes known as the “Twin Back Court” or “TBC,” are practically unrecognizable from one another due to their identical play and hairstyles. Furthermore, they are both point guards.

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Their exceptional talent hasn’t gone unnoticed. Mia and Mya earned 14 Division I offers from esteemed institutions such as Rutgers, Ohio State, and Georgetown before they even took the floor for their high school. According to their father, the Pauldo twins, who turned 18 on February 23 have no plans on parting ways. They aim to be McDonald’s All-Americans.

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Furthermore, they have received national recognition from ESPN in the espnW HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings for the Class of 2025. Their influence, though, goes beyond the basketball floor.

Mia and Mya successfully negotiated a historic Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) deal, at the young age of 15. They signed a deal with Malcolm Garrett, the well-known sneaker customizer behind the company “Retired From Society.” This NIL contract is one of the first in the state for high school players. They are one of the most marketable high school athletes out there.

However, it was their NIL deal with Puma that brought them into the international spotlight.

Mia and Mya Pauldo ink NIL deals with Puma

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Mia and Mya inked NIL sponsorship agreements with Puma in September 2022. Their father, DJ Pauldo, a former star player at Paterson Catholic, remains tight-lipped about the historic agreement. “We’re choosing not to speak about the terms, but we can confirm that we’ve come to an agreement with Puma that will last three years through the girls’ senior year,” DJ Pauldo told Daily Record.

“We were introduced to a Puma representative some time ago and he really took a liking to my daughters. We provided Puma with content the last few months and they got to know them. A lot has happened and somewhat surprised how fast it’s been.”

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The deal’s particular terms remain undisclosed. However, it represents a critical turning point in the expanding trend of high school athletes signing NIL contracts. The Pauldo twins, who have become popular very quickly, gained notoriety through their Twin Back Court brand. This brand has a strong social media presence, with over 20,400 followers on Instagram and a well-known YouTube channel. With their strong internet presence, they hope to motivate and amplify the next group of female basketball players.

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Ranjitha Ramesh

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Ranjitha Ramesh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Ranjitha has a strong foundation in reporting and writing. Her passion for basketball, particularly the Lakers and LeBron James, fuels her desire to delve into the lifestyle and off-court activities of NBA stars.
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