Nojel Eastern decided to leave Purdue to finish his basketball career, but he won’t be moving too far.
The former Boilermaker guard announced on Thursday that he will be finishing his basketball career at Michigan. He will have one year of eligibility remaining for the Wolverines. It was an interesting move for Eastern to remain in the B1G.
Eastern’s decision comes less than two days after entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
— Nojel Eastern (@NEblessed_20) May 14, 2020
Eastern was a surprising entry into the portal out of Purdue, as he had proven to be one of the leaders for the Boilers. While he wasn’t the most dominant offensive player on the floor, the guard was a B1G All-Defensive Team selection this year and did a solid job of locking down opponents.
Last year, Eastern averaged 4.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. In three seasons in West Lafayette, Eastern averaged 5.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He has appeared in 67 games for the Boilermakers over the last two years, making 62 starts.
Eastern becomes the second guard Michigan has added from the transfer portal. Earlier this offseason, the Wolverines landed a pledge from former Columbia guard Mike Smith.