Jack McVeigh, the 6’7 small forward out of Queensland, has committed to the University of Nebraska.
The AIS scholar visited Nebraska early last week and called his time there ‘unbelievable’, with the Huskers seemingly becoming his preference.
McVeigh visited LSU later in the week, teasing us with a potential Australian connection with Ben Simmons – but it wasn’t to be, with McVeigh tweeting his commitment on Tuesday afternoon.
— Jack McVeigh (@JackMcVeigh1) January 6, 2015
McVeigh had been receiving interest from the likes of SMU, Virginia, UCLA and Boise State but it was Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman (who is a native of Sydney) who fought the hardest for the Australian national’s services.
Harriman isn’t the only Australian connection to Nebraska. Keanu Pinder, who currently attends Hutchinson Community College, will join the Huskers for the 2016/17 season – joining McVeigh as a versatile wing player on an ever-improving roster.
A member of the Queensland squad at the 2014 U20 Australian Junior Championships, McVeigh averaged 27.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 55% FG, leading his team to the championship game.
McVeigh was also a member of the Lake Ginninderra squad that defeated the Scots College in the 2013 Australian Schools Championship. The team was led by himself and the NBA-bound Dante Exum.
Having been chosen to the Australian U19 Emus squad, McVeigh unfortunately became ill before the team was set to fly to Fiji. The squad would ultimately win the Oceania region and qualify for the FIBA U19 World Championship, with McVeigh likely a lock for that squad.
Along with the U19 Emus squad, McVeigh has been fortunate to wear the green and gold on a number of occasions – most recently the Sino-Australia Challenge, where McVeigh would debut for the Australian Boomers.
It’s expected that McVeigh will officially sign with Nebraska during the Spring signing period. He’ll likley remain at Basketball Australia’s National Centre of Excellence until his stint at Nebraska begins.
As for his plans for the future.
“I’d like to help a team go as far as they possibly can and hopefully play in the NBA. That’s the plan.”