13/04/2024

McVeigh was awarded with the Larry Sengstock MVP for his impressive Championship Series. (Photo: Tasmania JackJumpers/X)

Jack McVeigh has been the man in this series. McVeigh was rewarded with the Larry Sengstock Trophy for the Championship series MVP following Tasmania JackJumpers’ maiden NBL title against Melbourne United in Game 5.

McVeigh has made history. Tasmania JackJumpers have made history. And the NBL24 Championship Series will forever go down as one of the greatest series of all time.

The JackJumpers forward etched his name into NBL folklore when he hit one of the greatest shots of all time to steal the win in Game 3 and put the JackJumpers up 2-1 in the series. He nailed the shot of his life that night and put on an impressive display with 18 points. The shot will forever be spoken about as an integral part of the historical run that resulted in a championship for Tasmania JackJumpers.

McVeigh showed his appreciation towards the team and everyone who has believed in him throughout the season.

“I am so grateful, thank you Tasmania for embracing a kid from [Cabarita Beach], the skinny kid with slow feet somehow standing up on this stage,” he said.

“Thank you, Scott (Roth), thank you to the club … couldn’t have done it (without you), thank you everyone.”

The 28-year-old also recognised the incredible opposition in Melbourne United for the fight they brought across five amazing matches.

“An incredible organisation Melbourne United, they’re the standard of what every club wants to be, and what an incredible series that was,” McVeigh said.

“[It was] a battle to the very last shot, the last second and it was just an honour to be part of that.”

McVeigh was still playing on a high the following game back at MyState Bank Arena as he put on a masterclass in Game 4. Despite the team falling short by just two points, McVeigh put up 31 points, as well as collected four steals and seven rebounds.  

McVeigh averaged 17.8 points across the series, showcasing both the ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc, as well as work hard under the rim to score plenty of buckets inside the paint. He won the game for his side in Game 3 and almost willed them over the line the following week. He has fast become one of the most loved JackJumpers.

The 28-year-old quickly announced himself as one of the most prolific scorers in the competition across NBL24 leading PPG for the franchise with an average of 17.3 across the season. He was named to the All-NBL Second team as a result.

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Tassie captain, Clint Steindl spoke about the improvement McVeigh has shown throughout the season. From being signed as one of the last players on the JackJumpers roster to taking them to the promised land and winning the MVP.

“This whole season, just the way he’s matured as a person (and) his growth on the court,” he said.

“We get to see it every day, everyone else gets to see it when the bright lights are on.

“He just continually came up big time making the right plays for us throughout the course of the series … I can only imagine how tough it is to do and he was huge.”

Scott Roth admitted that he’d be pleasantly surprised at the level of performances McVeigh had been producing throughout the season and the Grand Final series.

“To be quite honest, I didn’t know Jack McVeigh was going to come out at this level that he’s come out at in the last few weeks,” he said.

“But he’s told on himself, so we’ll expect it more often, but he was a huge factor.”

“My goal was to keep this core group moving through over the next few years and the growth of Sean Mac and Jack McVeigh year after year has been enormous.”

FINAL LARRY SENGSTOCK TROPHY VOTES
Jack McVeigh: 39 
Matthew Dellavedova: 24 
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr: 18 
Jordon Crawford: 15 
Chris Goulding: 13 
Will Magnay: 10 
Milton Doyle: 8 
Shea Ili: 7 
Ian Clark: 6 
Majok Deng: 4 
Sean Macdonald: 3 
Luke Travers: 3 

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