Junior forward Jack McVeigh joined some elite Husker company on Tuesday as he became the third player in program history to be named to a roster for the World University Games.
McVeigh was selected as one of the 12 players who will compete for Australia in the Games, joining Eric Piatkowski in 1993 and Dave Hoppen in 1985. This year’s event will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 19-29.
The 6-foot-8 native of Cabaret Beach, Australia, has previous international experience with Australia. He made his debut with the senior national team in the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge and was captain of the Australian U-19 team that competed in the 2015 U-19 World Championships.
McVeigh averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game last season and stepped his game up in conference, improving his scoring to 8.1 points while shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range. As a freshman, McVeigh averaged 4.8 points in 17 minutes per game and was second on the team in 3-pointers made.
The Games will have plenty of Big Ten flavor in addition to McVeigh as Purdue has been selected to represent the United States on the men’s side while Maryland will have that honor on the women’s side.
Australia’s pool-play schedule for the Games is below (all times Central):
8.19 vs. Ukraine, 11:30 p.m.
8.21 vs. Lithuania, 2 a.m.
8.23 vs. Israel, 2 a.m.
8.23 vs. Russia, 11:30 p.m.
8.24 vs. Mozambique, 9 p.m.
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.