Sims was reportedly shot at a Subway restaurant early Friday morning.
LSU Tigers basketball player Wayde Sims was killed in a shooting near the Southern University campus early Friday morning, according to multiple reports.
Sims, 20, was reportedly shot at a Subway restaurant across from Southern University's football stadium around 1:25 a.m. ET Friday. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from the gunshot wound, according to Baton Rouge police.
"We are all devastated," LSU coach Will Wade said via statement. "We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken."
“Wayde Sims’ loss is simply unbelievable to us right now,” said vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva. “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.”
Sims, a 6-foot-6 forward, was entering his junior season with the Tigers, following a season where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 32 games. According to ESPN, 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.