LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was shot and killed early Friday morning, accorning to the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The shooting occurred near the Southern University campus in the 600 block of Harding Boulevard around 12:25 a.m. Sims, 20, was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“We are all devastated,” LSU coach Will Wade said through an official statement. “We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken.”
Sims was entering his third season with the LSU basketball program. LSU announced it’ll hold a press conference at 10 a.m. and that all other men’s and women’s basketball media opportunities have been suspended for today.
LSU officials were notified of Sims’ passing early Friday morning. Counselors and support have been made immediately available to teammates and friends at LSU.
“Wayde Sims’ loss is simply unbelievable to us right now,” LSU AD Joe Alleva said through an official release. “There are no words that can express our sorrow for his parents and family. He was such a lovable young man who was full of joy. We are circling around his teammates and friends who need all the love and support we can give them. We are praying for his family, for his parents. God bless Wayde Sims.”
The Baton Rouge native averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds as a sophomore while playing in 31 games with five starts. He put up 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds as a freshman in 31 games with give starts.
His father, Wayne Sims, also played basketball at LSU under Dale Brown from 1987-91. Wayne Sims and former LSU coach Johnny Jones, who recruited Sims out of University High School, are both from DeRidder.