San Antonio – St. Mary’s University head men’s basketball coach Jim Zeleznak announced on Wednesday the signing of San Antonio native David Clark to a national letter of intent to join the Rattlers, starting with the 2009-2010 academic year.

Clark, a 6’4″ forward/guard, comes to St. Mary’s with an impressive high school resume, while playing for coach Mike Flores for Virginia Allred Stacey High School. For the 2007-2008 season he averaged 19.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, while helping SHS to the district championship and a region semifinal appearance. He is a three-time all-district honoree, including first team all-district each of the last two seasons. He was selected as the district MVP in 2008.

“David’s skills have grown tremendously,” Flores said. “David is probably our best ball handler and has a consistent jump shot. He has worked very hard to improve and it is all finally playing off.”

In addition to his play on the basketball team, he also is a standout on the track and field squad at Stacey. He qualified for the regional meet as a sophomore in 2007 and helped lead the 1600-meter relay to a second place showing.

Clark is as active off the court as he is on it. He has earned Honor Roll recognition all four years at the school. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Stacey High School Band and was a volunteer for the Run for Life, the Student Council Graffiti Clean-up and the Children’s Shelter.

Clark is the first signee for the Rattlers for next season. St. Mary’s is 0-2 this season heading into their game tonight against Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

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