NBL Rookie of the Year Tom Jervis added to Boomers squad

NBL Rookie of the Year Tom Jervis added to Boomers squad

Perth Wildcats big man and NBL Rookie of the Year Tom Jervis has been added to the Australian Boomers squad for the upcoming training camp leading into the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge against Team China.

The 27-year-old centre replaces fellow Wildcats NBL championship-winning teammate Matt Knight who has withdrawn from the squad for family reasons.

Jervis – standing at 211cm – comes into the squad for training camp after a rookie season to remember, playing all 33 games to help Perth secure the NBL Championship and earn NBL Rookie of the Year honours.

Despite the strength in depth of the Wildcats roster, Jervis forced his way into the rotation, averaging more than five points and five rebounds in 17 minutes per game.

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said as one door closes another opens, with Jervis given the opportunity.

“It is disappointing that Matthew will not be able to take up the opportunity to be part of the Boomer program at this time,” Lemanis said.

“Obviously I support his decision to be with family at this time and wish him well for the future.

“I am genuinely excited with Tom’s inclusion into the squad. He had a tremendous rookie season in the NBL reflected in his Rookie of the Year award. Last time he was in camp I got a feel for his work ethic and personality – both of which are assets in our environment – I look forward to seeing his improved skills make an impact and push his cause for selection into the World Cup squad.

“I know Luc (Longley – Boomers Assistant Coach) will be pleased to have another legitimate big man to coach and teach.”

This is not the Kalgoorlie-born centre’s first taste of the Australian Boomers program, getting a surprise call-up to the training squad for the 2011 series against China.

After two seasons at Troy University in Alabama, Jervis returned to Australia in 2009 and his East Perth club in Western Australia’s SBL competition.

After an outstanding 2013 SBL season, Jervis finally got his NBL break, signing with the Wildcats back in August of last year.