Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez are twin sisters with a motivating story to tell. Although they faced several obstacles, they worked hard to make something of themselves. Through their journey, they have become advocates for college athletes who support themselves financially.
Runs In The Family
Born in Idaho and raised in Kansas, the twins were surrounded by sports and it came as no surprise when they became professionals. Their mother Angie started as an all American basketball player at Kansas and then went on to play professional ball in Germany. The girls loved their mother and saw her as their role model. Likewise, they were inspired to pursue their careers and became star athletes for Highland Highschool in Pocatello, Idaho.
Off To College
The twins were the best in the league at the time and many people in the community were sure they were the mosts killed players in the whole state. When senior year came around and college applications were in the works, the sisters decided to stay together. They even chose a school that meant a lot to their family. This made their mother overjoyed.
They chose to attend their mother’s alma mater, the University Of Kansas, even though they were offered entry to Auburn, Gonzaga, Stanford, Kentucky, and Washington. Many people assumed that the girls would go their ways for College, but Dakota made a comment that this was not even a consideration. “There are no words to describe how excited that I am that I get to go with my best friend to Kansas. To play in the Big 12, in such a competitive conference and knowing I have the support in my sister and the recruits coming in is just great. I am very excited.”
The girls were inevitably receiving overwhelming attention. Not only were they identical twins who were always seen together, but they also had model looks. Within days of attending university, they were instant stars. They were becoming Instagram famous with 500,000 followers each. While they had nothing to worry about in terms of their college popularity, their abilities on the court were slacking.
Not Enough Stats
As starting players, Dakota and Dylan were not racking up the stats they named professionals. Dakota started only four times her freshman year and averaged 4.4 PPG in 17.3 MPG, While her sister — Dylan — only played 2.8 minutes per match and only averaged 1.1 points per game.
Change Of Plans
After giving it some thought, the girls decided it was time for a change of scenery. They were unhappy at Kansas and preferred attending a school near Idaho. They thought about this decision tirelessly and finally landed on UNLV. Unfortunately, they started to receive some criticism from their followers for their decision to change schools.
Between the two girls, they were averaging one million Instagram followers. Kansas fans were unhappy with their change of heart. However, Dylan addressed touched on these criticisms in an interview with the Idaho State Journal: “We expected some backlash, especially transferring from a Big 12 program to the Mountain West. It’s definitely tough because people don’t really know what goes on behind the curtain, so they just make these assumptions and throw things out there that nine times out of 10 are not true.” The twins took a break from the game for a year but then returned to join the Lady Runnin’ Rebels. Unfortunately, this was shortlived when something in their lives changed.
While attending UNLV, the twins started to make their big break. Dylan was the first to get off the bench and on to the court. She led the second unit in scoring, while Dakota led the team in scoring was labeled the Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Selection. They were extremely happy with their basketball careers, but they were drawn to Las Vegas for another reason. One of the biggest rappers known soon caught a glimpse of the girls.
Drake commends himself on being a lover of basketball, music, and of course gorgeous women. It was just about time before the twins would get his attention. He was a frequent fan in the stands in Vegas, and he also spent time with them outside of the basketball stadium. They played games of 2 against 2 with NBA players like Ben McLemore and Anthony Davis. With the advance in their basketball career, they also moved forward in the music industry.
Dakota and Dylan also are known as Kota and Dyl or together IIGONZ. They decided to pursue their love for music by creating several tracks on SoundCloud, including their single “Nobody Know,” which reached almost 500,000 plays. While many commended the girls for this jump, the basketball league was not happy with their decision and an argument led to the end of their partnership.
With their growing relationship with Drizzy, the girls were blowing up everywhere. They were the center of attention in all realms, even the NCAA. Since they were creating their music, they were informed that this could affect their membership in college sports. What occurred next was incredibly unexpected.
Someone Against Them
Many people asked the girls about their plans for the music industry while being college athletes. One time in an interview with SLAM magazine, Dylan remarked on this subject, “We definitely tried to challenge the system a little bit to make both music and basketball work. At the end of the day, the only thing they would allow us to do was to sing the national anthem at a game and make music in our home. It just became this fight as to why we wouldn’t do anything outside of basketball without all of these ticky-tack regulations coming into play. It just became so stressful. Dakota and I were very much committed to coming back for our senior years, but as things were unfolding with the NCAA, it became a nightmare. E-mails that were like, ‘If you’re going to do this, then this is going to happen’ kept coming. You almost start to feel a little threatened by them.” Ultimately, the girls were in a difficult situation and they had a decision to make.
After this Dakota and Dylan were kicked off the basketball team at UNLV. The girls felt like everyone was trying to hinder their music opportunities, and thus they were not willing to waste their potential for fame. They decided it was time to jump on all the music opportunities they could catch.
Dylan and Dakota made a public announcement on Instagram saying that they were choosing to pursue their music career. People around the country were booming with anger. They could not understand why the girls were not allowed to simultaneously make music and play ball. However, the girls received criticism against them as well.
Possible Career In The WNBA
They were not fully set on abandoning their career and there were rumors that they may try out for several WNBA teams. There was even talk that they may play outside the US like in Russia or Australia, but this did not go through.
Pursuing Their Music Career
The twins were progressing with their music and their take 1 received considerable attention. They created a good amount of songs and the plan was to meet with an engineer who could build them on all social media realms.
Is Basketball Really Over?
Dakota and Dylan spent a year on the lowdown when people started to think that they were done with basketball altogether. They were still very focused on their music career when they made an announcement that blew everyone away.
The twins admitted that their dream was to play for their hometown team the Las Vegas aces. Their desire to play under the WNBA never disappeared and their ultimate goal is to be role models for young children everywhere.
The girls were hoping to be part of the 2019 team and did everything to look their best for the Ace’s roster. Unfortunately, while many excellent players were on the list such as Kelsey Plum, Ephiphany Prince, A’Ja Wilson, and Laz Cambage, the girls did not.
A New Beginning
Their dreams of playing pro ball were now over, but just because that door was closed didn’t mean all of their possibilities were closed. Their college fame was still very active on social media and they had over 1 million followers each. This opened new doors for them that they did not expect.
A New Platform Of Attention
They started posting photos on Instagram and immediately began blowing up. Before they knew it they were social media influencers. They were featured in all kinds of photoshoots with professional photographers or up and coming ones. They have also developed a talent for capturing and posting their own photos.
Towards the end of 2019, the girls have decided to recreate their musical brand with an entirely new name. The girls are now known as D.a.D. and have over 106,000 Instagram followers. They are close to releasing new songs and certain posts have been released that alludes to a new EP album being released.
Their Own App
The girls are getting attention in any way they can, good for them! In 2019, they created their very own app that aims to display their life. They even offer special giveaways like an all-paid trip to Las Vegas, this gives more of an incentive to download the application.