Joelle Wright

Brusly’s Kwanston Adkins has wanted to play professional baseball for as long as he can remember.

The 2014 Brusly High graduate had his dream come true when the San Francisco­­­­­­ Giants made him their 30th-round draft pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Adkins was overall pick number 886.

Before the Major League First-Year Player Draft began on Monday, Kwan Adkins was one of the best stories in the Southland Conference.

“Since I’ve been in high school, I’ve wanted to play pro baseball,” Adkins said. “I thought, keep working. Eventually, it will pay off. Three years later, my junior year (at NSU), I was still struggling before I broke through this season.”

Adkins his senior year at BHS.

Adkins, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound center fielder, enjoyed a breakout senior season playing for the Northwestern State University Demons. He batted a .321 average with three home runs and 27 RBIs. Adkins added six outfield assists while starting all 62 games for the Southland Conference Tournament champions.

When Adkins graduated this year, he left his name in the record books. Adkins had 77 hits as a senior and tied for ninth in the school’s single-season history.   He earned third-team All-Southland Conference honors as an outfielder and topped off his career by playing a vital role in NSU’s first Southland Conference Baseball Tournament title.

In his four years playing Brusly Panthers baseball, Adkins was a four-time all-district, two-time all-metro, and two-time

all-state selection. He was ranked the third outfielder in Louisiana, and he helped lead the Panthers to four playoff appearances, including semifinal appearances in his junior and senior seasons.

While watching the draft on tv, Adkins said he was a bit nervous.

“It was a little stressful watching those names come across the screen and waiting toward the end of the draft,” said Adkins. “I kept getting texts from scouts saying stay next to your phone – we’ve got you in here, we’ve got you there.”

Finally, the phone rang and his dream became a reality.

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