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Jervis relishing new start

A new city, a new club and a new child all have Brisbane Bullets centre on top of the world with his second NBL club after winning two championships with his home state Perth Wildcats. It took Jervis until the 2013/14 season to make his NBL debut and over the past three years he became a key member of two championship winning teams in Perth. The 211cm centre showed he could be a strong presence at both ends of the floor who could rebound strongly, block and change shots, and score when given the opportunity. The 29-year-old was again a key member of Perth's championship victory last season but when the Bullets and coach Andrej Lemanis came calling, it became an option he couldn’t refuse. With he and wife's Jazze first child on the way, Jervis liked everything he heard from Brisbane and signed to head east after 97 games with the Wildcats. Now seven games into the new season with the Bullets, Jervis is sitting at home in Brisbane looking after 11-week-old Clementine delighted with his decision to move to Brisbane. "It's always hard to leave somewhere that you've had success, but it was the right time for me and my family. It has been fantastic the way the Bullets have brought us in like we are part of a family," Jervis said. "The way that the city itself has taken Brisbane back on board has been fantastic to be part of. There definitely are no complaints and it was the right decision at the right time, I'm definitely loving it." What enticed Jervis the most was the combination that the Bullets offered with the family environment he was after and the basketball opportunities it would present with him key component under Lemanis' system. "What they brought forward family wise is something that I really couldn’t pass up," he said. "They are an extremely family-orientated organisation and that's the same as the Wildcats, but from a playing perspective if you don’t get out of your comfort zone to see what you can do, you might never fully realise your potential and where you can improve. "It was a hard opportunity to pass up where you are playing under the best coach in Australia and what the club offered me family wise, if I didn’t do it now I probably would never have and would have always regretted it. It's been a fantastic move." Even though the Bullets' roster includes players like Adam Gibson, Anthony Petrie, Torrey Craig and Shaun Bruce who Jervis went to battle during the finals while part of the Wildcats, he has been pleasantly surprised just how quickly the group has gelled. "It wasn’t like we had all come from different teams and were rivals, but it was immediately like we had played together for a couple of years," Jervis said. "The banter and friendships were already there so it wasn’t like we held any grudges over a guy because he played for the Wildcats or 36ers. We all respected those battles we had over the years but also it was good fun to add that to the banter around practice and around the court." The big men combination Jervis has with Cameron Bairstow, Daniel Kickert and Mitch Young in Brisbane is something he is enjoying, and is looking forward to seeing how their chemistry grows. "I've been really lucky throughout my NBL career to be surrounded by good bigs and I've been blessed again with the group we have at the moment," he said. "We are still learning to play together and feel each other out about what's good for us on the court, but it's been a fantastic experience to bounce all your ideas off these guys and learn what they thought about playing against you, and things I need to work on and that they need to work on. "We are all learning from it and we'll keep getting better as the season goes on. There's lots of competitiveness as well so it's a good healthy environment." Jervis' first game for the Bullets was against the Wildcats where he enjoyed a win and he's already pencilled in that first trip to Perth on Thursday December 1. "It was a good to get that experience out of the way early and you know some of their tendencies so to go up against it as an opposition player was interesting. I had a lot of fun and I was thankful we got away with the win," Jervis said. "That was good fun and now I'm looking forward to my first trip to Perth when that happens. It will be a special moment for me and I'm sure I will cop it from a few people but at the same time I have my teammates' support along with my family there. It's going to be really cool." After wins over Perth and Sydney to open the season, the Bullets have lost four of their last five games, including against this Thursday night's opponent the Kings. Jervis is looking forward to hosting Sydney to open this weekend ahead of a road trip to Cairns on Sunday that will see him get to do battle with championship teammate Jawai for the first time. "Sydney's obviously going to be a massive test. They have been the benchmark in the league so far and they have a fantastic team, so it's going to be a tough game but if we execute and do what we need to do, we'll put ourselves in a good position," he said. "Going up against Nate is going to be a fun match up. We got to know each other really well playing for the 'Cats and we are still really good mates. I'm sure he has some stuff lined up for me and I do for him as well so we are going to have good fun out there." Jervis is overjoyed at just how much the arrival of Clementine has changed his and Jazze's life already in less than three months and it's just the latest event in a fast-moving few years. Back in 2013 he was 26 and thought his NBL career might never happen. But now, he is a veteran of 104 games, has won two championships and on top of that is marred with a child. "It seems to be the way my life has run since I reached the NBL, there's always something happening every year. I got engaged and then married, won championships and now we've had our first kid," Jervis said. "It has been a really fun ride and as long as it keeps at this pace I'm enjoying it and so is my family. I can't complain about the way life is going. "Being a dad is going really well. She's a good girl and sleeps well so I can't complain about that. She is eating well and is getting nice and chubby, and growing well. "It's good to come home after a loss or a tough training session. To catch a smile from her puts everything into perspective and resets you for the next day. It's been awesome."
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