Terrible news out of Baton Rouge. LSU Basketball player Wayde Sims was killed early this morning in a shooting near the Southern University campus. The shooting reportedly took place around 12:25 a.m. Sims was transported to a local hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound.
Sims, a Baton Rouge native, was a junior for Tigers. Last year, he averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He was the 2014-15 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. His father, Wayne, also played for LSU from 1987-91 under Dale Brown.
“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.”
Sims’ teammate Aaron Epps posted this tribute on social media early this morning:
— Aaron Epps (@AaronEpps21) September 28, 2018
The Kentucky Basketball Twitter account sent out this message of condolence a few minutes ago:
Our hearts go out to Wayde Sims, his family and friends, and everyone in the @LSUBasketball family. The SEC is family and one of our family members is hurting today. #BBN, please keep Wayde and the Tigers in your thoughts and prayers.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 28, 2018
What an awful story. Our thoughts go out to the LSU community.
UPDATE: John Calipari just sent out his condolences as well.
Saying a prayer this morning for Wayde and the @LSUBasketball family. Very tough news to hear we've lost a young man just getting started. My condolences to his family, friends and teammates. https://t.co/K2yvrqfpbB
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 28, 2018