Nojel Eastern denied admission at Michigan
Thursday, June 18, 2020

(UNDATED) – Former Purdue basketball transfer Nojel Eastern announced Wednesday that he was reopening his recruitment after not being admitted to Michigan, where he committed last month. Eastern committed to the Wolverines on May 14, just two days after leaving Purdue and entering the transfer 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 tweeted. 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 come to the University of Michigan. More to come …" Eastern, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, was a staple in Purdue's rotation during his three-year career in West Lafayette. He started 62 games the past two seasons after appearing in 37 games off the bench as a freshman. His best season came as a sophomore in 2018-19, when he averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as Purdue advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Virginia. He took a step back last season, averaging 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Eastern was the second surprising departure from Purdue this spring, following center Matt Haarms, who ended up at BYU.