BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — NBA-range three-pointers, a quick release and countless hours in the gym has turned Seton Catholic senior Tommy Dempsey into the best shooter in Section IV. He’s the Saints’ sharpshooter and 12 Sports’ Athlete of the Week.
“I know once I hit him, and he’s open, he’s going to knock it down,” said Seton Catholic sophomore guard Marcus Dyes.
“He’s proved his worth,” said Seton Catholic head coach Chris Sinicki. “I’m just letting it fly.”
“(My favorite part of shooting is) probably the sound the net makes when it swooshes through,” said Seton Catholic senior guard Tommy Dempsey.
Oh that sweet, sweet swoosh sound Seton Catholic has become accustomed to hearing when Tommy Dempsey launches from distance.
“Right now, it would be very difficult for me to say to him, ‘that’s not a good shot.'” said Sinicki. “Unless maybe there’s four guys back defensively and we’ve still got four on the other side of half court, but that might be the only time I would say, ‘not a good shot.'”
“It’s an everyday thing,” said Dempsey. “I go to (Binghamton University) all the time and work on it. I get on the shooting machine just a couple hours everyday.”
Binghamton University where his dad, Tommy Dempsey, is the men’s basketball coach.
“It’s very cool,” said Dempsey. You get a lot of opportunities that most people don’t have. Traveling with them ever since I was five years old. I use to go to every game. A lot of big arenas. A lot of hostile environments. So, it prepares you for big moments like these in the STAC Championship.”
25 points, including five threes, to lead Seton Catholic to back-to-back STAC titles.
“It was sweet,” said Dempsey. “Last year was sweet. It felt similar to last year. This year was very rewarding because a lot of people said we couldn’t get back to this point, but we knew what we were capable of. We knew what we had coming back and it was very sweet.”
To his teammates, Dempsey’s much more than just a scorer.
“I look at him like a big brother,” said Dyes. “This is my third year and since my eighth grade year he’s been there for me. Kind of showing my the ways, how to score, and how to become an overall better player, and I can’t thank him enough. I really love that kid.”
Dempsey has a bunch of big brothers of his own — all the Bearcats at BU.
“I play one-on-one with Sam (Sessoms) and Rich Caldwell a lot and J.C. Show,” said Dempsey. “I actually beat them one time. I’ll never let them forget it. But yeah, they help me a lot. They are a lot stronger and quicker than I am, so you can learn how to create space and get away with some things when you’re not as strong or as quick.”
Next year he’ll trade in the green and white for black and white as a preferred walk-on at D-I Providence.
“I’ve had a great relationship with Coach Cooley,” said Dempsey. “When he was at Fairfield, my dad was at Rider and they are in the same league. So, I’ve known him a long time. He’s a great man and a great coach and I’m very excited.”
After Providence, perhaps Dempsey will follow in his father’s footsteps and become a basketball coach. Coach Sinicki told 12 Sports he’s already like a second coach on the court.
Seton Catholic takes on Whitney Point Saturday night to kick off the Saints’ run in sectionals.