Willie Sims, a former basketball player for LSU, passed away Friday, Dec. 23 at the age of 64. He was hospitalized in Israel following a heart attack in August.

Sims, known by some as “Super Sub” in his playing days, was one of the best 6th men in college basketball during LSU’s Final Four run in 1981. He also won the SEC Tournament with LSU in 1980.

Sims averaged 7.6 points per game across his 4 years in Baton Rouge and was a key piece of LSU’s Final Four run. The Tigers breezed past Lamar, Arkansas and Wichita State before falling to Indiana, which went on to win the national title.

Sims was drafted by the Denver Nuggets following that 1981 season, but never played professionally in America. He instead played professionally in Israel with Maccabi Haifa and a number of other teams.

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