Purdue transfer Eastern heading to Michigan
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, May 16, 2020

Nojel Eastern (photo courtesy of DFP)

(UNDATED) – Purdue transfer Nojel Eastern announced Thursday that he has committed to Michigan. Eastern entered the transfer portal on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-7 junior guard was a staple in the Boilermakers' rotation during his career in West Lafayette, appearing in 37 games off the bench as a freshman and starting 62 games the past two seasons. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season, a step back from his 2018-19 campaign. As a sophomore, Eastern averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Purdue advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Virginia. Eastern was not in the transfer portal as a graduate transfer, meaning he likely will have to sit out the 2020-21 season before playing his final year in 2021-22. Eastern was the second surprising departure from Purdue this spring, following center Matt Haarms, who ended up at BYU.