Height/Weight: 6-foot-8 / 210-pounds
High school: Australian Institute of Sport
Year: True Freshman
Head coach Tim Miles on McVeigh out of HS: “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.”
2015-16 preview: After a solid performance in Spain (9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds) during the Huskers’ four exhibition games, McVeigh is a guy the Huskers will likely look to get big minutes from in 2015-16.
The freshman looks to be a true three-man, but will likely have to bang inside with power forwards a lot this season due to the Huskers lack of size inside.
Similar to junior Tai Webster, a New Zealand native, McVeigh will have a transition period coming from the international game.
“It’s good. The gaps close down a lot quicker, because everyone is faster. There is a lot more athleticism in the game, but everything is good,” said McVeigh. “It’s gone really well so far.
“Getting to know the guys and playing this style of basketball, it was really good to go to Spain.”
McVeigh sees himself as a guy who does it all.
“I can spread the floor for the guys, shooting the three ball and making plays. I’m long so I can make rebounds. I just fill in and do whatever job is needed,” said McVeigh. “I’m her to make Shavon’s (Shields) life easier. I’m here to catch and shoot of Benny’s (Parker) passes.”
In the Huskers’ opening exhibition against Northern State, McVeigh recorded 11-points and 11-rebounds in the 50+ point win. After looking somewhat nervous in the early going, the freshman settled in showing a nice blend in his game.
How he ended up in Lincoln: One of the top international players in the class of 2015, McVeigh attended 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.
He picked Nebraska over offers from LSU and Boise State. He also had interest from schools like Virginia and SMU. Former Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman, an Australia native, played a vital role in McVeigh’s recruitment.
“It was good,” McVeigh said shortly after his trip to Lincoln for an official visit. “It was definitely an experience. I’d never seen snow before. It was like 120 degrees when I left from Australia, so it was a big difference there. But it was a great experience, for sure.”
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