An LSU basketball player was killed in a shooting early Friday morning. Junior Wayde Sims was reportedly shot at a Subway restaurant across from Southern University's football stadium around 1:25 a.m. ET Friday.
Sims was 20-years-old. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away from the gunshot wound, according to Baton Rouge police.
LSU head coach Will Wade released a brief statement responding to the news.
"We are all devastated. We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken." Wade said in his statement.
Athletic director Joe Alleva also released a statement.
"...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 averaged 5.6 points with 2.9 rebounds in 32 games last season. He was a standout high school player in Louisiana where he won the 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year after leading University Lab High in Baton Rouge to three consecutive state titles from 2014-16.
Our thoughts are with the Sims family and LSU community during this tragedy.