LSU basketball player Wayde Sims, 20, shot to death

Hilary Scheinuk  The Advocate via AP

Sims was transported to a local hospital where he later died from the gunshot wound.

The shooting happened near Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium, where homecoming festivities are taking place this weekend.

Last October, Wayne Sims, who also played basketball for the Tigers in the late 80s, posted on Facebook declaring how proud he was of the then-sophomore's achievements on the team. No arrests have been made, but the investigation, which has been classified as a homicide, is ongoing.

"Everybody loved him, loved his personality", Wade added.

'We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us.


Wade had praised the LSU junior for his offseason work earlier this week in a radio broadcast. "God bless Wayde Sims".

"He was on an upward trajectory", Wade said. "He's done a really nice job".

The 6-foot-6 Sims, who had been a star in high school, was about to return for his third season with LSU. He was a high school prodigy and was named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015. "Wayde was a beloved member of the LSU community whose leadership was treasured by his coach and teammates".

Jones was a young assistant on Dale Brown's staff when Wayde's father, Wayne, played for the Tigers and the two families grew up together in lockstep. He started 10 games in his previous season, and averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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