​While much of the basketball focus has been on free agency, tragedy struck one of the NBA's former players late Friday night.


Former UCLA basketball star and Sacramento Kings 35th overall pick in 2011 Tyler Honeycutt was ​killed in a shootout with the police on Friday night.

Honeycutt's​​ mother reportedly called police when Tyler started "acting “erratically.” When police showed up at the residence, the suspect opened fire at the officers, and the officers returned fire.

Initially, before entering the house, "the officers reportedly believe[d] the suspect was still alive 'based on text messages.'".


Honeycutt was a star at UCLA during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, earning First-Team All Pac-10 honors his final season. He finished with 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.


His talent never translated to the NBA, as his short two-year career with the Kings included just 24 appearances in which he averaged just 1.2 points per game. Since then, Honeycutt had been playing in the EuroLeague for Khimki Moscow Region, averaging 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds.


As more information is released on the shootout Honeycutt initiated with police, the entire global basketball community is left mourning the life of the 27-year-old basketball player.