While Jamal Clark and Berto Sanchez might not be brothers in the literal sense, they are brothers when it comes to the game of basketball.

While Jamal Clark and Berto Sanchez might not be brothers in the literal sense, they are brothers when it comes to the game of basketball.

Having played together in some form or fashion throughout their entire lives, it only seemed fitting the Ardmore duo would take the next step in their careers as they did the first, together.

And so it was.

Thursday afternoon in front of a standing room only crowd of teammates, classmates, family and coaches, both Clark and Sanchez officially signed their National Letters of Intent to play college basketball at Southwest Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. 

“This just feels great,” Clark said moments after making his decision official. “I never thought this day would come. I’ve seen friends sign and family sign. This is my time now to show what I’ve got and make the most of this opportunity.”

Sanchez echoed his teammates thoughts, saying this justifies everything he went through and all the long hours of work.

“A lot of people never thought I’d make it this far,” he said. “To have this moment is amazing and it feels great for me. I’ve been playing my whole life with Jamal, and now that we’re going to college together makes this even more special for me.”

This season, Clark and Sanchez were two of the main tools the Tigers used for their successful run to the area championship game in Class 4A.

Clark played in 21 games this season for the Tigers, finishing with 301 points for the year. He led Ardmore with an average of 14.3 points per game. He also averaged 4.6 rebounds per game and 2.6 steals per game, while also leading the Tigers with 105 assists this season. 

For Sanchez, his talents weren’t just limited to scoring, but on the defensive side of the ball this season.

Sanchez led Ardmore with 10 blocks this season, and 145 total rebounds, which included 75 defensive rebounds, which was second only to Demarco Rucker with 77. 

He also managed to score a total of 232 points this season, giving him an average of 12.2 points per game.

“Both Berto and Jamal were consistent,” Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. “They played a lot of basketball for us. Berto was a three-year starter for us and Jamal was a two-year starter. It’s hard to come across high school kids these days who are as consistent as these two were for us. They always showed up every night and worked hard no matter what.”

Both Sanchez and Clark were also named as representatives on the All-Star by Class for Class 4A this season. 

Southwest Christian finished 20-15 last season, winning two games at the NCCAA Division I Men’s National Championship Tournament. 

Clark added he chose Southwest Christian University because they offered him what few other schools would, an opportunity.

“A lot of other coaches wanted me to walk on or tryout,” he said. “The coaches really showed a lot of interest in me and made me feel like they wanted me on campus to showcase my talents. I’ve got to adjust my style of play now since there’s a shot clock, and it’s going to be a lot faster.” 

Both Clark and Sanchez plan on majoring in physical education during their time at Southwest Christian University.