LSU Basketball’s Wayde Sims Killed in Baton Rouge Shooting
Tragedy struck college basketball on Friday morning.
LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was killed earlier in the day in a shooting near the Southern University campus according to Baton Rouge police. The 20 year old allegedly got into an altercation outside of a Subway at around 1:25 a.m. ET and was shot in the aftermath. Surveillance video showed the fight which took place outside the restaurant. Sims was seen being shot on the tape after which the other men fled the scene. He would be pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“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.”
The rest of the team became aware of the situation at 6:30 a.m. when they all met for an originally scheduled 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.”
The forward was the Louisiana 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year, and led his high school to three consecutive titles from 2014 to 2016. He averaged 5.6-pointsand 2.9-rebounds across 32 games for LSU last year.
“This world we live in of athletics, it has its ups and its downs. And there’s no lower downs than what happened last night,” athletic director Joe Alleva said. “It was — it is — an absolute tragedy when a young life gets cut off so senselessly. … This may be the saddest day I’ve ever experienced in my career.”
Horrifying day for LSU basketball and the NCAA.