It was a long process of hard work on the recruiting trail for the Purdue Boilermakers, but in the end it all worked out. The Big Ten school was able to dip into Chicago and landed four-star class of 2017 wing Nojel Eastern.
Eastern chose Purdue over DePaul, Michigan State, Seton Hall, and Ohio State giving the Boilermakers their first four-star commitment and someone who can be a weapon when used right on the offensive end.
At 6-foot-5 and almost 200 pounds, Eastern has point guard skills despite being built like a wing. On the offensive end he can really pass the ball, has a tremendous feel for the game, and is very willing to be a playmaker as opposed to a scorer.
While his shot continues to be a work in progress, Eastern has worked hard to improve on his jumper, and it has shown signs of being more consistent.
At the end of the day one of the major reasons that Eastern chose Purdue is he was recruited as a point guard by the schools. The other schools on his list didn’t believe that he was a full time point guard, but the Boilermakers did, and that sell proved to be too much for others to overcome.
This is the fourth commitment for Purdue in the class. He joins Matt Haarms, Aaron Wheeler, and junior college forward Eden Ewing in the class for the Boilermakers.
By adding Eastern, Purdue now has one of the better classes in the Big Ten.