Problems At Purdue? Nojel Eastern Transferring
Purdue has taken a massive hit in just the last month, first Matt Haarms blindsides the program by announcing his transfer and now another blow with Nojel Eastern entering the portal.
Eastern was expected to be the lone senior leader on next years team. He’s a 6’7 guard that can play the point position, not much of a scoring threat but an extremely well-rounded player. He appeared in 104 games for the Boilermakers in 3 years and was a starter for the last 2. Eastern and Haarms combined to only average 13.5 per game but it’s more about what they’re losing on the defensive end. Eastern made the Big 10 All-Defensive team twice and Haarms averaged 2 blocks a game standing at 7’3.
Reports were that Matt Painter was surprised by Haarms decision to transfer, there haven’t been the same rumblings for Eastern. He was clearly very limited offensively, shooting 49% from the free throw line and has only made 3 three-point attempts in his career. The backcourt situation heading into next season also appears to be somewhat of a logjam with Eric Hunter Jr, Sasha Stefanovic, Isaiah Thompson returning while also adding 4-star prospects Jaden Ivey and Ethan Morton. Projecting next years team is going to be impossible with the departures and some of the incoming talent, they will undoubtably be worse defensive but it looks like they may get a shot in the arm on offense. Time will tell.