Recently, BTPowerhouse got the chance to reach out to one of the more interesting prospects in the 2015 recruiting class for the Big Ten and a player that is set to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers next season. Although fans can expect Jack McVeigh to suit up for the Huskers next fall, there were still plenty of interesting things discussed when he spoke with BTP about next season, his future on the team, and some of the things he is looking forward to about Lincoln next year.
McVeigh comes out of Canberra in Australia and should help bring an international element to Nebraska's roster. He is currently rated as a 3-star recruit according to the 247Composite and as #58 small forward in the recruiting class. However, with the difficulties of international scouting, the accuracy of this projection is up for debate.
During our discussion, McVeigh touched on this and talked about how he perceives international basketball today.
"I think people underestimate how good the standard of international basketball is," McVeigh told BTP. "A lot of the juniors play in senior competitions that are strong, physical, and really focused on getting good shots and playing team basketball. [Players] concentrate on playing the 'right' way."
McVeigh also touched on how he hopes to bring that mindset to Nebraska and what he thinks he can add in the coming seasons to the Huskers.
Specifically, McVeigh believes he can help spread the floor, be aggressive on offense, and provide length on the defensive end to disrupt opponents. He mentioned that his coaches are currently watching tape on Wilson Chandler, Gordon Hayward, and Nik Stauskas to help in his development.
Still, although McVeigh hopes to make a positive impact, he's more focused on filling his role on the roster.
"I want to come in and just help how I can, we have a lot of freshman coming in, so just be a leader and make smart decisions on the court," McVeigh stated.
McVeigh also took the opportunity to talk about what attracted him to Nebraska in the first place. The level of competition and path to the NBA were big areas, but the environment appeared to be the deciding factor.
"Nebraska has heaps of reasons to attract player[s], but for me, it was just the players and coaching staff," McVeigh explained. "On the visit, I could feel the love and passion everyone had for the game and [they] were just awesome people, which is really important."
Some of the off the court aspects of Nebraska also attracted McVeigh. Since he will be an international student, the experience will definitely be a unique one compared to most college students. He talked about what he was looking forward to off the court and in the classroom.
"I'm really excited just to live in another country, experience the snow, and meet as many people as I can," McVeigh said. "I'm not 100% sure what I'll be majoring yet, but I'll be starting [to] look into business."
On a lighter note, McVeigh also commented on head coach Tim Miles' Twitter game.
"It's great, I love it! I'm a light hearted guy, so I love what he does with it, has some fun and promotes Nebraska."
Next season could be a intriguing one for a Nebraska team losing several star players, but one addition that looks to provide a quality boost both on and off the floor will be Jack McVeigh. His unique background will certainly make him an interesting player for fans, but he could also be set up to make a big impact for a team looking for a contributor on the wing next season. It will certainly be an interesting season for both Nebraska and McVeigh next year.