• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015)
• Two-time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
Jack McVeigh gives the Huskers another veteran forward who can stretch a defense. The 6-foot-8 junior carved out a role as the Huskers' sixth man in Big Ten play last season, averaging 8.1 points per game while shooting nearly 37 percent from 3-point range. McVeigh was second on the team with 47 3-pointers, including eight games with three or more 3-pointers. He possesses a high basketball IQ and does a great job of communicating on the court, providing him the versatility to be used in a number of lineups. McVeigh, who has been a part of the Australian National Program for several years, continued his training over the summer, spending most of August competing in the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.
McVeigh found his role as one of the Big Ten's best sixth men, playing in 30 contests and averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 34 percent from 3-point range and was second on the squad with 47 3-pointers. McVeigh had eight double-figure outputs, including 21-point efforts against Louisiana Tech and Purdue.
In Big Ten play, McVeigh was one of the Huskers' top scorers, averaging 8.1 points per game while playing in 17 of 18 conference games. He shot 37 percent from 3-point range and reached double figures five times in Big Ten action, including four times off the bench.
After playing just nine minutes in NU's first three Big Ten games, McVeigh came off the bench late in the first half against Northwestern, and his 3-pointer started a 14-0 Husker run that turned a 10-point deficit into a 37-33 halftime lead. From that point, McVeigh returned to the rotation and played at least 11 minutes in each of the Huskers' remaining Big Ten contests.
McVeigh showed the ability to score in bunches, most notably when he hit a trio of 3-pointers in a two-minute span at Rutgers on Jan. 21 to give the Huskers a late five-point lead. His best performance came versus No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 29, when he matched his career high with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. He also added three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots against the Big Ten regular-season champs. McVeigh enjoyed his best stretch in early February, reaching double figures three times in a four-game stretch. He earned a start at Iowa on Feb. 6 because of Glynn Watson's injury and led the Huskers with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He returned to the bench and keyed NU's win over Penn State on Feb. 14 with 15 points, including a 3-pointer from halfcourt at the first half buzzer. He also added three assists. Four days later, McVeigh scored all 11 of his points in the second half at Ohio State, as the Huskers rally from an 11-point deficit for NU's first-ever win in Columbus.
McVeigh started NU's first 10 games at forward before struggling late in non-conference play. He opened the year with 14 points and a career-best seven rebounds against Sacramento State on Nov. 14 and keyed NU's win over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 19. In that game, he had scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, while adding five rebounds and a pair of steals. He also turned in a solid performance in the win over South Dakota on Dec. 3 with 16 points and six rebounds.
McVeigh quickly found a home in the Huskers' rotation as a true freshman, playing in all 34 games and averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He emerged one of the Huskers' top 3-point shooters, as his 34 3-pointers ranked second on the team and fifth on NU's all-time freshman list.
McVeigh had a chance to earn extended minutes in Big Ten play during a four-game stretch while Shavon Shields was out with a concussion. McVeigh performed well, averaging 11.0 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, including 48 percent from 3-point range. The 6-foot-8 forward reached double figures in consecutive games, highlighted by a season-high 17 points at No. 22 Indiana on Feb. 17. He followed up with a team-high 16 points, including five 3-pointers, in an overtime loss to Ohio State. Three of his four double-figure efforts came in Big Ten action, as he also totaled 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and six rebounds against Indiana on Jan. 2. McVeigh also provided a lift in the Huskers' win at No. 11 Michigan State with eight points, including six points in a 13-0 second-half run, along with six boards.
He made a quick first impression, opening his Husker career with 16 points off the bench, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, against Mississippi Valley State. It was the highest-scoring debut by a Husker freshman in 10 years. While that was his only double-figure effort in non-conference action, McVeigh chipped in eight or more points three other times, including an eight-point, five-rebound effort in the win over Tennessee at the Barclays Center Classic.
McVeigh was one of the top international players in the class of 2015, as he attended the Australian Institute of Sport, the same program that produced seven NBA players, 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 also represented Australia at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game. In domestic competition, he led his Queensland team to a runner-up finish at the 2014 National Under-20 Championships, averaging 27.5 points per game on 55 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds per game. His efforts earned McVeigh the Bob Staunton Medal as the tournament’s most outstanding player, joining a list of past winners that includes Dante Exum and Patty Mills. He averaged 24.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game playing in the National Under-18 Championships in 2013, including a 41-point effort in the semifinals. McVeigh also visited LSU and looked at Virginia and Boise State before selecting Nebraska.
Jack is the son of Peter and Jenny McVeigh and was born on June 27, 1996, in Cabarita Beach, Queensland. McVeigh graduated from Lake Ginninderra College in 2014. McVeigh majors in psychology at Nebraska.