Former EPHS standout Veiga signs letter to play hoops at D-II Roberts Wesleyan

Leaves BCC as all-time leading scorer

By Mike Rego
Posted 5/31/19

EAST PROVIDENCE — City native Zack Veiga has signed his national letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. The Redhawks compete at the …

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Former EPHS standout Veiga signs letter to play hoops at D-II Roberts Wesleyan

Leaves BCC as all-time leading scorer

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EAST PROVIDENCE — City native Zack Veiga has signed his national letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. The Redhawks compete at the NCAA Division II level.

Veiga formally penned his letter during a ceremony held at East Providence High School’s Ramos Gymnasium Thursday night, May 30, before a gathering of family, friends and well wishers.

Veiga, 6-foot-5, finished his two-year stint at Bristol Community College (Fall River, Mass.) as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,101 points. He also ended as the program’s career leader in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.5 (77-for-172). Of note as well, he finished with 355 career rebounds, while he is second all-time at BCC in both field goals made (424) and free throws made (176).

Veiga, a team captain, was chosen as a first-team and a second-team All-Region XXI performer, respectively, the last two winters. He averaged 18 and 18.1 points per game in his two seasons, starting 55 of 61 games in his career. BCC went 26-4 last winter, losing to Bunker Hill in the semifinals of the Region XXI tournament. The previous season, 2017-18, the Bayhawks went 24-8 and lost in the Region XXI final to Massasoit. He graduated BCC with a 3.04 grade point average.

“Zack is a player still with tremendous upside after his sophomore year in college,” said BCC head coach Rob Delaleu. “He was a great leader by example for my program as he was always responsible and accountable.”

An EPHS grad in the Class of 2016, Veiga led the Townies in scoring and rebounding during his senior season and was named first-team All-Division I-East for his effort.

Roberts Wesleyan just completed its fifth year in the NCAA D-II ranks after moving from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) . The Redhawks vie in the East Coast Conference during the regular season, which includes the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Roberts went 16-14 in 2018-19.

“Zack is going to fit the bill with what need,” said Roberts Wesleyan head coach Mark Saladzius. “He’s a 6’5,” versatile wing, who does a lot of different things out on the court. We’re looking forward to him making an immediate impact for us this year, as long as he earns it.”

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