Ex-Purdue guard Nojel Eastern announces new destination
Former Purdue guard Nojel Eastern has found a new home.
On Thursday, Eastern announced that he will be finishing his college basketball career at Howard, where he’ll have one season of eligibility remaining. Because he did not complete his degree at Purdue, Eastern will have to sit out this upcoming season before being eligible for the 2021-22 campaign.
— Nojel Eastern (@NEblessed_20) August 6, 2020
Eastern had initially committed to Michigan after entering the NCAA transfer portal. However, the former Purdue guard tweeted out that he was not admitted by the University of Michigan and would have to reopen his recruitment. Eastern spent three seasons with the Boilermakers before deciding to enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
Eastern committed to Michigan shortly after entering the portal.
“I want to start off by thanking Coach [Juwan] Howard for the opportunity he would have given me by attending the University of Michigan,” Eastern said on Twitter. “I was extremely excited and grateful for him taking a chance on me. But, I was not admitted to the University because of many credits that weren’t transferable because of my major. That is the only reason why I was not accepted. I say this to say that I will be reopening my recruitment process as a transfer.”
Eastern was a surprising entry into the portal, 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 was averaging 5.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Eastern appeared in 67 games for the Boilermakers over the last two years, making 62 starts.