LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was killed in a shooting near the Southern University campus early Friday morning, according to Baton Rouge (La.) police.
Sims, a 20-year-old junior from Baton Rouge, was shot during an altercation outside a Subway restaurant across from Southern’s football stadium around 1:25 a.m. ET Friday. A video obtained by WBRZ shows several men fighting in the street outside the restaurant. A gunshot can be heard, and Sims can be seen falling to the ground before the remaining men started running from the scene.
Sims was transported to a local hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound, according to Baton Rouge police.
“We are all devastated,” LSU coach Will Wade said in a statement. “We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken.”
Wade said he was told about the shooting early Friday morning and then went to the hospital. He told the team at 6:30 a.m., when they had originally scheduled a morning workout.
“We want to remember Wayde, what a great person he was,” Wade said at a news conference. “Besides the fact he had the best impression of me on the team, he was just an unbelievable person and was continuing to grow and had just done a great job building a bridge with our team. That’s what makes it so tough for all of us, and for our team as well, is everybody liked him. Anybody he came in contact with, automatically just loved him, loved his personality. He was just a blast to be around at all times.”
Wade said he didn’t have further details on what happened.
Sims, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 5.6 points with 2.9 rebounds in 32 games last season. He was the Louisiana 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year after leading University Lab High in Baton Rouge to three consecutive state titles from 2014 to 2016.
His father, Wayne Sims, also played basketball at LSU from 1987 to 1991.
Such a sad turn of events!
Our condolences go out to his FAMILY and FRIENDS!