Honors & Awards
- No. 55 Player in the Nation (Blue Star, 2018)
- No. 66 Player in the Nation (Prospects Nation, 2018)
- No. 68 Player in the Nation (ESPN, 2018)
- No. 9 Forward in the Nation (ESPN, 2018)
- Iowa Class 2A Player of the Year (IBCA, 2017)
- Captain of Iowa Class 2A All-Tournament Team (2017)
- First-Team Iowa Class 2A All-State (Coaches, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Iowa Elite All-State (Volleyball, All Classes, 1 of 9, 2017)
- First-Team Iowa Class 2A All-State (Volleyball, 2016, 2017)
- Iowa Class 2A All-Tournament Team (Volleyball, 2015, 2016,2017)
The first commitment to the Huskers in this year’s class, Ashtyn Veerbeek (pronounced VER-beek) made her commitment to Nebraska in December of 2016. The 6-2 forward out of Western Christian High School in Sioux Center, Iowa, was ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation by Blue Star, No. 66 by Prospects Nation and No. 68 by ESPN, which also ranked Veerbeek as the No. 9 forward in the Class of 2018.
Veerbeek, who was a two-time first-team Iowa Class 2A all-stater in 2017 and 2018, comes to Nebraska from the same high school that produced Husker volleyball All-American and U.S. Olympian Nancy Metcalf Meendering.
Veerbeek put the finishing touches on an outstanding high school career by being named first-team all-state in both basketball and volleyball for the second straight year. On the basketball court, Veerbeek broke the Western Christian single-season scoring record for the second straight year with 619 points, after scoring 592 points as a junior. Her point total as a senior ranked third among all players in the state of Iowa, while her 346 rebounds led the state. She added 86 blocks to rank eighth across all classes in Iowa. As a senior, she averaged 25.8 points and 14.4 rebounds per game.
“We have known Ashtyn for a long time and we are so excited she was the first player to commit to this class,” Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said. “She is a strong, yet agile athlete who is an extremely talented basketball and volleyball player. She is a fierce competitor who simply knows how to win. She really exploded onto the national scene this past summer, competing at a very high level with her club program. She understands what it means to work hard, and we are looking forward to the growth she will continue to make here at Nebraska.”
Veerbeek led Western Christian to Iowa Class 2A state title in 2017 by averaging 22.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while shooting 80.3 percent from the free throw line as a junior for Coach Justin Negen.
Veerbeek was the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A Player of the Year and the captain of the Class 2A All-Tournament team while leading the Wolfpack to the 2017 state title. She was a first-team all-state selection by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and the Des Moines Register while also being named the Sioux City Journal Player of the Year.
She put up even bigger numbers as a senior for Western Christian, averaging 25.8 points and 14.4 rebounds per game. Her 346 rebounds led the state of Iowa, while her school-record 619 points broke her previous record (592, 2016-17) and ranked third in the state in 2017-18. Veerbeek's 86 blocked shots as a senior ranked eighth in the state across all classes. She shot 52.2 percent from the field, including 34.7 percent from three-point range, while knocking down 81.1 percent of her free throws as a senior.
Veerbeek finished her career with 1,871 points, 1,041 rebounds, 227 blocks, 203 assists and 99 steals. After earning Class 2A all-state honors as a senior, she was named one of the 50 greatest Iowa high school girls players of all time by the Des Moines Register.
She was ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation by Blue Star, No. 66 by Prospects Nation and No. 68 by ESPN, which also ranked Veerbeek as the No. 9 forward in the Class of 2018.
As a sophomore in 2015-16, Veerbeek averaged 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while hitting 82.2 percent of her free throws. She helped the Wolfpack to a state runner-up finish while earning a spot on the Class 2A All-Tournament team. She was a first-team all-state selection by the IGCA and the Iowa Newspaper Association.
In 2014-15, she contributed 9.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for a Western Christian team that advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals.
She played her club basketball for the All Iowa Attack under Coach Dickson Jensen.
Veerbeek is also a four-time volleyball letterwinner who helped Western Christian to a pair of state volleyball titles. She was a a two-time first-team Class 2A all-state selection in volleyball and a three-time member of the Class 2A All-Tournament team. She was also named an Elite All-State selection (1 of 9, all classes) as a senior when she led Western Christian to a runner-up finish.
The daughter of Ron and Tammi Veerbeek, Ashtyn was born on Feb. 15, 2000. She has two younger brothers, Trey and Chase. Ashtyn's mother, Tammi, is the head volleyball coach at Western Christian. A volleyball powerhouse, Western Christian has advanced to 17 consecutive state semifinal appearances and owns 16 all-time state volleyball titles.
A solid student, Ashtyn is a member of National Honor Society and an honor roll student. She chose Nebraska over Iowa, South Dakota State, South Dakota, Creighton, Drake, Arizona State and Missouri.
“I chose Nebraska because the coaching staff is one of kind and genuinely cares about me as a person,” Veerbeek said. “The top-notch facilities and fan support are incredible, and it just felt like home.”