Wayde Sims, a junior forward and Baton Rouge native, was taken to a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound shortly after midnight and later died due to his injury, according to a news release from the Baton Rouge police department. He was 20 years old.
Sims was shot around 12:25 a.m. and died from his wounds at a hospital, Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said.
The shooting happened near Southern University’s A.W. Mumford Stadium, where homecoming festivities are taking place this weekend.
The shooting death of LSUbasketball player Wayde Sims has LSU coach Will Wade feeling heartbroken.
The second-year coach released a statement through the school in which he said: “We are all devastated. We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken.”
The LSU basketball team had recently begun practices leading into the 2018-19 season. Wade, during a pre-practice media session early in the week, spoke positively about the work Sims put into the offseason to prepare for what would have been his third season at the school.
Sims, 20, was shot and killed early Friday morning in Baton Rouge, near the Southern campus.
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.