|Hometown:||Cabarita Beach, NSW, Australia|
|High School:||Australian Institute of Sport|
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Jack McVeigh enters his sophomore season as one of the leading contenders to start on the wing for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8, 215-pounder played in all 34 contests as a freshman, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. McVeigh was second on the team with 34 3-pointers while coming off the bench for the majority of the season. McVeigh provides the Huskers with an option who can stretch the floor and possesses a high basketball IQ. He performed well when Shavon Shields was sidelined for four games, as he moved into the starting lineup and averaged 11.0 points while shooting 44 percent from the field. The stretch included a career-high 17 points at No. 22 Indiana. With a year of experience and a summer of training under his belt, McVeigh is expected to be counted on for a major role this winter.
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.
He raised his scoring average in Big Ten play, averaging 5.3 points per game while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range. McVeigh had a chance to earn extended minutes during a four-game stretch while Shavon Shields was out with a concussion. McVeigh performed well, averaging 11.0 points and 3.0 rebounds 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 career-high 17 points at No. 22 Indiana on Feb. 17, a game where he added four rebounds and two assists. He followed up with a team-high 16 points in an overtime loss to Ohio State, including a career-high five 3-pointers. Three of his four double-figure efforts came in Big Ten action, as he also totaled 16 points off the bench, including 6-of-8 shooting, and a season-high 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 against the Spartans.
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.
Jack 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 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. In the summer of 2015, he represented Australia at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship, averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game. He had a pair of 18-point performances against Italy and Serbia, when he also had 12 rebounds. In addition, he was also chosen to play on the Australian Select Team in 2014 and represented his country at the 2013 adidas Nations event, averaging 11.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing against some of the top basketball players in the World in his age group. 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. He had a 41-point effort in the semifinals and averaged 17.6 points and 12.4 rebounds in 2012. 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 has not declared a major. McVeigh graduated from Lake Ginninderra College in 2014.