The Brisbane Bullets have secured the services of Championship-winning centre Tom Jervis and 234-game veteran NBL forward Anthony Petrie.
Both players have previously represented the Australian Boomers: Jervis at the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge and Petrie at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship.
Jervis, 29, who hails from Kalgoorlie and attended Troy University in Alabama, has recorded more blocked shots (108) than any other player during the last three NBL seasons while playing for defending NBL Champions, the Perth Wildcats.
Brisbane Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis, who’ll guide the Australian Boomers at this year’s Rio Olympic Games, is delighted to have recruited Jervis – a former NBL Rookie of the Year.
“I have observed Tom’s outstanding growth and development since coming into the NBL as a mature age rookie with great interest. He is a significant signing for us,” Lemanis said.
“Tom has played a key role in Perth’s success in recent seasons and he brings a quality skill set to the Bullets. He will fit exceptionally well into both the offense and defensive structures we’ll run.
“My experience with Tom at Boomers level gave me insight into his fine attributes as a person and that is important to us as a club as we’ll have a razor-sharp focus on developing a great culture.”
The 211cm centre has a career shooting clip of 52.5 per cent from the field and in Round 18 against the Sydney Kings last season had 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists (all new career-highs). Jervis has signed on with the Brisbane Bullets for the next three seasons.
Lemanis says the recruitment of the durable Petrie provides quality depth and experience to the club’s player roster for the Brisbane Bullets’ much anticipated return to the NBL in the 2016-17 season.
“Anthony is a savvy player that provides a great all-round package. Everyone who plays against him knows he’ll always aim up physically,” Lemanis said.
“He is a quality guy that will deliver a positive influence on the court and in the locker room.”
Petrie, 33, began his playing career in the SEABL competition with the Canberra Gunners, winning the SEABL MVP Award back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
The 203cm forward made his NBL debut with the West Sydney Razorbacks in 2007 and has also played for the Gold Coast Blaze and Adelaide 36ers.
Petrie, who’ll be a Brisbane Bullet for the next two seasons, was second in rebounding last season for the Adelaide 36ers (6.3 per game) and fourth in scoring (9.9 points).
He has played a staggering 151 NBL games in a row – second only to Illawarra Hawks captain Oscar Forman in terms of consecutive games streak in the NBL.
Jervis and Petrie join Adam Gibson and Daniel Kickert on the Brisbane Bullets playing roster.
This will be the eighth consecutive season that Gibson and Petrie have played on the same NBL team.
The Brisbane Bullets also announce Cameron O’Hara, a former Chief Executive Officer of Netball Queensland, has been appointed as the club’s Head of Commercial.