Michigan Lands Surprise Transfer Nojel Eastern From Purdue

He's one of the best defensive players in the Big Ten.

Will Burchfield
May 14, 2020 - 1:18 pm

In a quickly developing story, Michigan basketball has landed transfer Nojel Eastern from Purdue. 

Eastern, a two-time Big Ten-All Defensive player, entered the transfer portal Tuesday -- a surprise to many -- and announced his commitment to Michigan Thursday via Twitter. 

A long, athletic shooting guard who was a top-100 recruit in 2017, Eastern seemed poised for big things at Purdue. He had something of a breakout season as a sophomore in 2018-19, but his offensive development stalled last season. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds over 31 games. 

Eastern has submitted his name into the NBA Draft, but it sounds like he has plans to play another year in college. He'll have to sit out the 2020-21 season at Michigan, unless he gets a waiver from the NCAA. 

With Eastern's transfer, Purdue has lost both of its captains and returning seniors. Matt Haarms transferred to BYU last month. Purdue head coach Matt Painter had some comments on their decisions Wednesday in an interview on the Dan Dakich Show

"Matt Haarms is a good guy, Nojel Eastern is a good guy," he said. "They want something out there, and it's not magical. What they want lies in their work, and lies in their own production. Sometimes it's effort and it's results. Kids will come in and talk to you, 'I did X, Y and Z.' Like, I'm not doubting your effort, man. Your effort's good. But you gotta get results."