Injury hasn't hurt Eastern's recruitment

An injury to versatile 2017 guard Nojel Eastern hasn't hurt his recruitment The four-star prospect updates his recruitment.

After a successful start to the first part of the April Evaluation period, Nojel Eastern's spring was cut short when he dislocated his ankle during a game at the Lexington Nike EYBL event.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Evanston (Ill.) 2017 point guard was impressive before the injury, showing off a very high basketball IQ and the ability to play multiple positions at the next level.

"I was in a groove, getting my teammates involved and scoring," Eastern said. "Unfortunately I got hurt the third game and it caused me to miss the rest of EYBL and USA Basketball, which kills me. I'm just going to learn from this experience and get better from it."

Having the ability to play on and off the ball will make Eastern a valuable player at the next level and he has no problem using that versatility to help his team.

"I don't really have a preference [regarding position]," Eastern said. "If I play point guard, I'll most likely have a smaller person on me that I can take into the post, but if a coach needs me to play the two or three, I'm fit for that too."

Eastern's recovery is going well, he said, as he plans on working out again in August and playing basketball again by October.

Michigan State, Missouri and LSU are the most recent offers for Eastern, with the Spartans being a program he's already pretty familiar with.

"Our high school basketball team runs the exact same offense as them so if I were to commit to Michigan State, I would know their sets," Eastern said. "It's a great coaching staff - Tom Izzo, Dwayne Stephens - it's a great program and environment."

Recovering from his injury is a bigger concern to Eastern than his recruitment right now.

"My mom is dealing with the recruiting process; coaches mostly talk to her," Eastern said. "I'm not really worried about it. I know recruiting is going to come.

"A lot of programs are still interested even though I'm hurt. I'm just focused on getting healthy and getting back on the court bigger and better."

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