Nojel Eastern not admitted to Michigan, will return to transfer portal
Nojel Eastern’s career at Michigan has ended before it was able to get started.
On Wednesday afternoon, the former Purdue guard tweeted out that he was not admitted by the University of Michigan and will 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.
“I want to thank Michigan and the entire staff and organization for trying to do everything in their power to get me into the University of Michigan. More to come.”
Stay tune…… pic.twitter.com/n0GFSfFD7O
— Nojel Eastern (@NEblessed_20) June 17, 2020
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. He’ll likely be a hot commodity on the transfer market.
Because Eastern has not completed his degree, he will have to sit out the 2020-21 season unless he’s granted an immediate eligibility waiver by the NCAA. He has one year of eligibility and a redshirt year available.