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Brisbane Bullets: Winning Formula
There is already something in common with all the Brisbane Bullets players.
They all know how to win.
From US collegiate rings to European titles and NBL championships, each player boasts a decorated playing career.
Tom Jervis was front and literally centre of the 2016 NBL Championship with the Perth Wildcats, but early in the off-season, took up an offer to join the Bullets.
“I really wasn’t expecting to change clubs this year,” said Jervis, who utilised his player option to end his contract in Perth.
“But the Brisbane Bullets came to the table at the right time, with the right offer.
“It really made me think about my career and the direction I want to move as a player.”
Jervis’ direction has changed dramatically in a few short years.
Returning from Troy University in Alabama, he focused on joining the workforce in Perth as he played for WA’s State Basketball League.
He was about to embark on a new job as far removed from sport as possible – selling radiators to mine sites – before he got an unexpected call from the Wildcats.
In his debut season he won a Championship, and earned the NBL Rookie of the Year Award for his efforts.
Jervis went on to play three seasons in Perth and notched his 97th NBL game with his second ring.
“I’m so proud of my time there,” he said. “To win a title twice in three seasons is pretty successful.
“Staying in Perth after winning a Championship the first time was the right thing to do.
“It’s a fantastic club to be around and I couldn’t be more thankful to them for giving me my start.”
During his tenure out west, the 211cm dynamo claimed the Wildcats’ Improved Player Awards in both 2015 and 2016.
He set all new career-highs last season in a game against Sydney, with an impressive stat line of 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Round 18.
As he consistently develops in his playing career, the 28-year old also continues to grow off the court – recently getting married and even more recently, announcing a baby on the way.
“The most appealing thing about the Brisbane Bullets is their focus on family,” he said, reflecting on the decision.
“We all saw what [Head Coach] Andrej Lemanis and [Chief Operating Officer] Richard Clarke did at the New Zealand Breakers with their family-first attitude.
“They built a winning, encompassing program and that is so important to me at this point in my life.
“My wife is pregnant, so I knew moving would mean we would be part of a bigger family over there.”
Jervis and his growing family are set to join many familiar faces when they move east, with Adam Gibson, Anthony Petrie, Mitch Young, Shaun Bruce, Reuben Te Rangi, Daniel Kickert and Torrey Craig all signed on for the relaunched franchise.
Jervis faced each player in the NBL last season, and he reunites with Lemanis for the first time since 2014, when he wore the green and gold for the Sino-Australia Challenge.
“I’m really excited about the team we are building – from the playing group, to the front office, to the coaching staff,” Jervis said.
“I don’t think it will be a difficult transition for any of us, because we’re all coming from different places and have been through different things.
“We all know what we need to do to win, and more importantly – what we need to do to get there.”
Jervis is set to move to the River City in July, with Brisbane Bullets pre-season training to commence on August 1.