LSU basketball player Wayde Sims shot to death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has died after he was shot early Friday near the campus of another school in Baton Rouge.

Sims, 20, was shot around 12:25 a.m., Baton Rouge police said in a news release.

He was taken to a hospital and died from his wounds, Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said.

The shooting happened at a restaurant across from Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium, The Advocate reported.

No arrests have been reported. Police are asking anyone with information to call them.

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LSU basketball coach Will Wade issued a statement saying the team is "devastated."

"We need your prayers for Wayde, for his family, for all of us. We are heartbroken," Wade said.

Wade had praised Sims for his offseason work earlier this week in a radio broadcast.

"Maybe the guy I've been most impressed with is Wayde Sims," Wade said on 104.5 FM ESPN's "Off the Bench". "Moving him around, we're trying to solve the issue of having a bigger 3-man, and really, the past month or couple of weeks we've messed around with him at the 3. He's done a really nice job."

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Jan 3, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Wayde Sims (44) rebounds over Kentucky Wildcats forward Wenyen Gabriel (32) during the second half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Kentucky defeated LSU 74-71. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - JANUARY 21: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers blocks out Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on January 21, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 99-86. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - JANUARY 21: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers goes up for a dunk against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on January 21, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 99-86. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 07: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers looks to the basket against Wenyen Gabriel #32 of the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half of the game at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 21: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers playing defense during the second half of the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 21, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 22: Greg Elliott #5 of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers fight for a loose ball during a consultation college basketball game at the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 22, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Golden Eagles won 94-84. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 22: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers takes a jump shot a consultation college basketball game at the Maui Invitational against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 22, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Golden Eagles won 94-84. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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LSU officials were notified of Sims' death early Friday.

"Wayde Sims' loss is simply unbelievable to us right now," said Joe Alleva, vice chancellor and athletic director.

"He was such a lovable young man who was full of joy," Alleva said in a statement. "We are circling around his teammates and friends who need all the love and support we can give them."

The school said counselors and support were made available immediately to teammates and friends at LSU.

"To say we are grief-stricken is an understatement," LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement. "Wayde was a beloved member of the LSU community whose leadership was treasured by his coach and teammates."

Sims was the 2014-15 Louisiana Gatorade player of the year at U-High, where he led the Cubs to three straight state titles from 2014-16.

Sims was entering his junior season at LSU. The A 6-foot-6 forward averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last year with 10 starts in 32 games.

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