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Cabell Midland’s Adkins accepts UC basketball offer

May 2, 2019

ONA — Lexi Adkins truly believes Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

“I wasn’t going to play in college,” said Adkins, a Cabell Midland High School girls basketball standout. “I prayed about it and if God wanted me to play somewhere, he would give me an opportunity.”

Enter the University of Charleston. Adkins said she was preparing to attend Marshall University as a regular student when the Eagles offered a spot on their team.

“I visited and loved it,” said Adkins, a 5-foot-9 post player planning to major in radiological science.

Adkins will graduate high school with a 4.37 grade point average. She averaged 8.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

She enjoys spending time with friends and family and attending Friendly United Baptist Church. Adkins said she knows college will be an adjustment, but that her mother, Alisha, has prepared her well.

“She’s always been there to help me and motivate me,” Adkins said. “She’s the one who talked me into checking out U.C., to go give it a try and see what happens.”

Alisha Adkins said she is proud of her daughter.

“She said she never would shut a door that God opened,” Alisha Adkins said.

Adkins said playing time will have to be earned.

“I’ll work really hard to play as a freshman,” Adkins said. “I’m really excited.”

Knights coach Matt Adkins said Lexi Adkins is “irreplaceable” as to how she has helped the program.

“Lexi was our team pastor,” coach Adkins said. “She’s a hard worker who always put in the time and effort to improve. She was so important off the court, too, because she brought with her the love of God. You hear, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Lexi knew and did what Jesus would do.”