After leading Southfield Christian in Detroit, Michigan to a 73-7 record in three seasons, Evelyn transferred to Gilbert Christian in Arizona. But, a ruling by the AIA deemed him ineligible to play for the Knights.
Evelyn landed at Hillcrest Academy, where he averaged 25.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.
“Bakari is a great kid with a big personality who is also an excellent student,” Miles said. “He is also a student of the game of basketball which excites me. He is a combo guard who shoots the ball well and uses screen and roll very well. He finds shooters and inside guys alike while penetrating, which has been an important missing ingredient in our style of play. Because of his attitude and the fact he can play either guard position, he's a great fit for our program.”
Bakari also visited UTEP and was considered the top player in CLAA D before leaving the Detroit Metro.
McVeigh, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound wing, is one of the top international players in the class of 2015, as he attends the Australian Institute of Sport, the same program that produced seven NBA players in the last 15 years, as well as Husker great and 2012 Olympian Aleks Maric. McVeigh made his debut for Australia’s Senior National Team at the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge and was voted captain of Australia’s Under-19 National Team in 2014.
“Jack is a young man we are very excited about,” Miles said. “He's got a great attitude and energy level. He is a very good shooter, highly competitive player and has a nose for the ball. Jack has good size at 6-7 and length to play on the wing and rebounds the ball really well at his position. He has played at a high level for both the Under-19 and Senior Australian National Teams, giving him an opportunity to compete against high level players not only in his country but across the world. We believe these experiences have prepared him to successfully compete in arguably the best league in the country in the Big Ten.”
McVeigh considers himself either a "two or a three" and graduated in December. He will remain in Australia until this summer - where he will continue to work on his game.
*** Parts of the Nebraska Medial Relations release were used in this report ***