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Former UCLA Player Tyler Honeycutt Passes Away (UPDATED)

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Tyler Honeycutt passes away after shootout with police and acting “erratically”.

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Former UCLA Player Tyler Honeycutt in the 2011 NCAA Tourney
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Former UCLA Forward Tyler Honeycutt was involved in a shooting with LAPD. ABC7.com reports:

A former NBA and UCLA basketball player barricaded himself inside a Sherman Oaks residence after firing a gun at police Friday night.

The report goes on to say:

Authorities received a phone call from the man’s mother, who said her son was acting erratically. When officers arrived, the man opened fire at the officers, who returned fire.

The situation ended tragically. ABC7.com later reported:

A former NBA and UCLA basketball player who barricaded himself inside a Sherman Oaks residence after allegedly firing a gun at police was found dead early Saturday, police say.

Family members identified the man as Tyler Honeycutt, a former UCLA basketball player who had a brief career in the NBA.

LAPD tweeted that the suspect appeared to have suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This is a tragic end to a life of great basketball potential. Honeycutt was an incredible talent. His best game for UCLA was at Kansas when he went off for 33 points (including 5-6 from three) in a December 3, 2010 game the Bruins should have won but loss 76-77:

Tyler Honeycutt, capping a 31-point game, hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds to go that tied the score between two of basketball’s most storied programs at 76-76. . . .

Honeycutt was 11 for 15 from the field and 5 for 6 from 3-point range.

”He was clearly the best player out there tonight,” [Kansas Coach Bill] Self said.

In 2009-10, Tyler led UCLA in rebounding and block shots. He also averaged 2.7 assists per game while battle a back injury. In 2010-11 he was key starter on a NCAA tourney team leading UCLA in blocks and three pointers made.

A more recent example of Honeycutt’s talent was when he won the Turkish league dunk contest.

Honeycutt was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, but he played in only 24 NBA games before playing overseas. He most recently played pro in Russia.

So young. RIP Tyler.


Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article contained a headline which was insensitive, and not up to the usual standards of BruinsNation.com. It has been changed.