Wayne Sims, best known for his outstanding college basketball career, died Wednesday, the LSU athletic department confirmed. He was 54 years old.

Sims appeared in an impressive four NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments over the course of his career with the LSU Tigers.

His cause of death was not immediately released.

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A basketball rests on the baseline during a game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (John Korduner/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

During his career at LSU, Sims played alongside Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, former Denver Nuggets player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Vernel Singleton.

The Tigers were crowned champions of the Southeastern Conference during Sims’ senior year.

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«He brought out the best in the players, and everyone loved him,» Sims’ LSU coach Dale Brown said in a statement.

«He was a team player, maybe he didn’t get the credit he deserved for the great run they had, but he was a wonderful person. He was never a flashy guy who needed stardom, but he was the foundation of our team.»

Wayne’s son, Wayde, also played two seasons for the Tigers before he was fatally shot during an altercation off campus on the eve of LSU’s first scheduled practice before the 2018-19 season.

After the death of their son, Wayne Sims and his wife Fay established the Baton Rouge-based Wayde Sims Foundation.

«He and Fay worked tirelessly to keep Wayde’s memory alive,» said McNeese State coach Will Wade, who coached Wayde Sims at LSU. «I’ll never forget Wayne and Fay saying that God will find a way to save lives through Wayde’s death.»

A general view of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on February 14, 2012, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during a game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers.

A general view of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on February 14, 2012, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during a game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Ricky Blanton, a former teammate of Wayne Sims, said he was saddened by the news.

«I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend, Wayne Sims. He was a great teammate and even a better person. If you knew Wayne, you couldn’t help but be embraced by his extreme kindness. He will be missed by all who knew him.» .

Wayne Sims, who is 6-foot-7 and 247 pounds during his playing days, appeared in 117 games for LSU, started 74 and scored 1,107 career points and grabbed 603 rebounds.

He is one of 21 LSU players to reach 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds and one of nine players in program history to appear in four NCAA Tournaments.

The LSU Tigers logo on a pair of shorts during the second round of the NCAA Tournament against the Maryland Terrapins at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on March 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The LSU Tigers logo on a pair of shorts during the second round of the NCAA Tournament against the Maryland Terrapins at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on March 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Sims scored 24 points in one of LSU’s most memorable upset victories, an 82-80 win over No. 2 Georgetown on January 28, 1989, a game played in the New Orleans Superdome in front of a crowd of 54,321.

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Sims grew up in Deridder, Louisiana, and was a two-time All-State selection at Deridder High School, where he averaged 21.9 points and nine rebounds as a senior.

Associated Press contributed to this report.