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Nojel Eastern
Nojel  Eastern

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Evanston, Ill.

High School:
Evanston Township

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220

Position:
Guard

04/16/2018

Eastern to Test NBA Draft Process

Will not sign with an agent, maintaining his amateurism

03/03/2018

Purdue Plays for B1G Title Sunday

Boilermakers advance to fourth Big Ten Tournament final

01/13/2018

No. 5 Purdue Blasts Minnesota 81-47

Vincent Edwards leads Boilers with 25 points

01/10/2018

No. 5 Purdue Tops Michigan in Classic

Haas' free throw with 4.0 seconds left is final margin

11/10/2017

No. 20 Purdue Routs SIUE in Opener

Dakota Mathias leads five players in double figures

03/23/2018

Purdue vs. Texas Tech (USATSI)

Photos from Purdue men's basketball vs. Texas Tech - Friday March 23, 2018

03/04/2018

Purdue vs. Michigan (USATSI)

Purdue vs. Michigan (USATSI) Men's Basketball

03/03/2018

Penn State vs. Purdue (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Purdue - 2018 Big Ten Tournament Semifinals: Photos by USA Today Sports Images

02/22/2018

Purdue at Illinois (USATSI)

Purdue at Illinois

02/03/2018

Purdue vs. Rutgers (USATSI)

Purdue vs. Rutgers (USATSI) 2-03-2018

2017-18 / Game-by-Game Statistics
• Eastern appeared in all 37 games off the bench averaging 2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field.
• Ranked third on the team in offensive rebounds (37) despite playing the eighth-most minutes.
• Grabbed 10 rebounds in 24 minutes against Minnesota, the most for a guard in almost five years.
• Scored a career-high 11 points with six rebounds and a steal in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Michigan.
• Dished out eight assists in 21 minutes in the season opener against SIU Edwardsville, the second most for a freshman in a season opener in school history. Also added eight points and five rebounds for a "statsheet stuffer" game, the second by a freshman in a season opener in school history (Chris Kramer).
• Sparked a second-half surge in a loss to Wisconsin, scoring seven points with two rebounds, two steals and an assist in 14 minutes.

HIGH SCHOOL
• A 4-star recruit according to ESPN.com, he was ranked as the 78th-best prospect in America and the 21st-best point guard nationally.
• Ranked a 4-star recruit and 73rd nationally by Rivals.com.
• Ranked a 4-star recruit and the 19th-best point guard nationally by Scout.com. "By adding Eastern, Purdue has one of the better classes in the Big Ten Conference".
• A 4-star recruit by 247Sports, ranked as the 59th-best player nationally.
• Called one of the "most unique and versatile perimeter players in the country" by ESPN, and a "playmaker with tremendous upside".
• Was 1-of-18 finalists for the USA Basketball U-17 team in the 2016 FIBA World Championships.
• Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball men's junior national team in April 2015. Attended the 2015 USA Basketball U16 Training Camp, but was unable to participate due to injury.
• Participated in the 2014 USA Men's Junior National Team October minicamp.
• Named to the 2016 Chicago Sun Times All-Area first team.
• Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A All-State first team (2016) and IBCA 3A/4A All-State second team (2015).
• As a junior in 2015-16 at Evanston Township, he averaged 14.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 BPG and 2.0 SPG in helping his team to a 23-6 record, an Illinois 4A Warren Regional championship and the Illinois Class 4A Glenbrook Sectional semifinals.
• Posted 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help lead his team to a 53-39 victory over New Trier High School for the 2016 Central Suburban South title.
• In 2014-15, he averaged 15.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 3.0 APG in leading his team to the Central Suburban League championship and an Illinois High School Association regional title.
• Owns a 6-foot-8 wingspan.
• Turned down offers from Michigan State, Ohio State, DePaul, Seton Hall, Iowa State, Northwestern, Missouri, Michigan and Illinois among others.
• Mother, Tamala Reed, played basketball, softball and volleyball at Chicago State.
• Member of his school's honor roll.
• Head coach at Evanston Township is Mike Ellis.
• He compares his game to Jalen Rose.
• Away from the court, he enjoys writing poetry and studying the game of basketball.
• Has never traveled outside the United States.

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