Purdue starting guard Nojel Eastern will test the NBA Draft waters this offseason. He just completed his junior season with the program.
Gold and Black Illustrated reported over the weekend that Eastern has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft while still keeping the option of returning to Purdue available. He will have until June 3 to make a final decision on his future.
Eastern has tested the NBA Draft waters in previous years but has decided to return to Purdue. He’s used those previous evaluations from scouts to improve his game and address some of the weaknesses on the floor.
Eastern is known as a lock-down defender and is considered to be one of the B1G’s best defensive players. He’s been an B1G All-Defensive team selection each of the last two seasons and has started in 62 of Purdue’s 67 games over the last two years.
Offensively, Eastern’s game could use a little improvement. Last year, he averaged 4.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. In three seasons in West Lafayette, Eastern is averaging 5.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Purdue finished the 2019-20 season with a 16-15 record.