Michigan Loses Transfer Nojel Eastern After He's Denied Admission To University

He won't be a Wolverine, after all.

Will Burchfield
June 17, 2020 - 6:39 pm
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Michigan basketball's strange offseason continues. 

After transferring to Michigan last month, former Purdue guard Nojel Eastern announced Wednesday he won't be joining the Wolverines, after all. Eastern wasn't admitted to Michigan because certain credits from Purdue wouldn't transfer, he said. 

"I want to start off by thanking Coach Howard for the opportunity he would have given me by attending the University of Michigan," Eastern wrote 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." 

Eastern, a two-time Big Ten All-Defensive player, likely would have been a starter for Michigan in 2021-22, after sitting out the 2020-21 season. He said he's reopening his recruitment as a transfer. 

"I want thank Michigan and the entire staff and organization for trying to do everything in there power to get me into the University of Michigan," he wrote. "More to come…"

Michigan's roster has been in flux throughout the offseason. The Wolverines have seen three players transfer in David DeJulius, Colin Castleton and Cole Bajema. They also lost out on a pair of five-star recruits when former commit Isaiah Todd opted to turn pro and Joshua Christopher committed to Arizona State.

On the plus side, Michigan brought in the No. 12-ranked recruiting classes in the country and added two high-profile transfers in Columbia point guard Mike Smith, who is immediately eligible, and Wake Forest guard Chaundee Brown.