Nebraska’s season ended a couple weeks ago with a 66-59 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the NIT and the Huskers have already seen their first bit of attrition.
Nebraska announced on Tuesday that forward Jack McVeigh is leaving the program to seek professional opportunities back in Australia.
McVeigh appeared in 78 games with 15 starts during this three years as a Husker, accumulating 416 points, 181 rebounds and 87 3-pointers. McVeigh holds 13 career double-digit scoring games with a high of 21 set twice during his sophomore season.
As a freshman, McVeigh averaged 4.8 points in 17 minutes per game and as a sophomore, he bumped that up to 7.5 points in 22.9 minutes per game. However, as a junior, McVeigh saw his playing time dry up as Tim Miles shortened his bench as the season progressed. McVeigh appeared in 14 games, including just three during conference play, and he totaled just 27 points.
McVeigh came to Nebraska from the Australian Institute of Sport as part of the 2015 recruiting class that also included Glynn Watson Jr., Ed Morrow Jr., Michael Jacobson and Bakari Evelyn. Watson is the only player from that class still on the team.
McVeigh, a native of Cabarita Beach, Queensland, Australia, has extensive playing experience within the Australian National Team program.
McVeigh’s departure in addition to the eligibility expiration of Anton Gill, Evan Taylor and Duby Okeke leaves Nebraska with two open scholarships after the addition of 2018 recruits Xavier Johnson, Brady Heiman and Karrington Davis.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.