Spring 2021 Magazine

Sports world sends prayers after shocking death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims

The Louisiana State community woke up to the heartbreaking news Friday that LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has been killed. The 20-year-old junior was shot during an altercation outside a Subway restaurant near the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge, La.

“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.”

A 6-foot-6 forward who averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 32 games last season, Sims was Louisiana’s 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year. He led Baton Rouge’s University Lab High to back-to-back-to-back state titles from 2014 to 2016. His father, Wayne Sims, also played basketball at LSU (1987-91).

“[Wayde] was just an unbelievable person and was continuing to grow and had just done a great job building a bridge with our team,” Coach Wade said in a press conference. “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.”

LSU teammate Aaron Epps was among many to honor Sims on Twitter:

Sports world sends prayers after shocking death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims

Please join us in praying for the Sims family and the LSU community.