The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team has signed Myron Dempsey (St. Petersburg, Fla./Redlands Community College) to a National Letter of Intent, Head Coach Willis Wilson announced today. Dempsey is the fourth player to sign with the Islanders this spring and the fifth overall player to sign on for the 2011-12 season.
"Myron has the potential to be an impact forward for us immediately," Wilson said. "He comes from an outstanding junior college program at Redlands, where he was a big-time rebounder, so with the losses we had up front, he fills an immediate need. He plays bigger than his size. But above all else, he is an outstanding young man who represents the kind of individual we want in our basketball program."
Dempsey averaged 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for Redlands in 2010-11. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound power forward led his team in both blocks (54) and rebounds (244) and shot 60 percent from the field. He added 28 assists and 24 steals while only committing 11 turnovers.
Dempsey led Redlands to the NJCAA Championships last year. He had 14 games with double-digit rebounds on the season, with a high of 15 boards, and posted 12 double-doubles on the year. His season high in scoring was 21 points, set against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on Jan. 24. The power forward played his high school ball at Boca Ciega High School, where he helped the team to a 17-8 record in his senior campaign.
The native Floridian joins the four players that have already signed with the Islanders. Jordan Didier (Rockford, Ill./Saint Mary's (Ariz.) HS), John Jordan (Fresno, Texas/Hightower HS) and Nate Maxey (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln HS) signed NLIs in April, while Jake Kocher (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's) signed with the Islanders in November in the early signing period.