Tom Jervis Retires from the NBL

In a shock announcement by the Cairns Taipans this morning, big man Tom Jervis has retired from the NBL effective immediately.

Jervis recently signed a new deal with the Taipans that would see him play in Cairns until 2021, however he has asked to be released from his contract so he can retire from the NBL to focus on his family.

Last year Tom and his wife Jazze were caught up with serial con-woman Samantha Azzopardi (Going by the name of Harper Hernandez, one of her many aliases). Azzopardi posed as a 17 year old and lived with the Jervis family, looking after their daughter. It is believed that Azzopardi tried to steal Jazze’s identity to commit fraud until she was kicked out by the Jervis family.

Tom started his professional career in the SBL in 2005 and after a playing his college ball at Bevill State and Troy, he would return to the SBL in 2009, playing for the East Perth Eagles. He would go on to have a stellar SBL career, becoming one of the most well known players to not make a NBL roster at the time. He was named to the SBL All-Star Five in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

During this time Jervis would regularly train with the Perth Wildcats and came close to signing with the Cairns Taipans in 2012, narrowly missing out on a roster spot.

Famously in 2013 Jervis gave up on his hope to make the NBL and started another career selling radiators to mine sites around Western Australia until in August when he was offered a contract with the Perth Wildcats. The then 27 year old rookie went on to win NBL Rookie of the year, becoming the oldest player to win the award.

He would go on to win 3 NBL championships with the Wildcats in 2014, 2016 and last season. Jervis also played for two seasons with the Brisbane Bullets in 2017 and 2018. In April 2019 Jervis signed a two year contract with the Taipans.

In 6 seasons Jervis has played 186 games and averaged 6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 0.8 bpg.

The Taipans will no seek a replacement for Jervis on the free agent market, although it is believed that the Taipans will re-sign Nathan Jawai to replace Jervis,