Purdue Nojel Eastern transfer no longer heads to Michigan after being denied


Former Purdue goalkeeper Nojel Eastern, who announced in May that he was transferring to Michigan, will not make it to the Wolverines after all. Eastern revealed in a Twitter post on Wednesday that his recruitment will resume after he has been refused admission to school.

“I was not admitted to the University because of many credits that were not transferable because of my major,” wrote Eastern in the message posted on Twitter.

The former top 100 prospect still has a college qualifying season after playing a key role for boilermakers in the past three seasons. Eastern averaged 4.9 points and 2.7 assists for 42% of shots as a junior last season after averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 assists for 49.5% of shots in second year.

Eastern is not a graduate transfer, which means that he would need a waiver to play immediately at a new school. Although he has regressed as a junior, Eastern would have been a good addition to a Wolverines program which has recruited several transfers under the guidance of coach Juwan Howard.

The Wolverines are waiting to find out if the transfer of Wake Forest Chaundee Brown, also goalkeeper, will be eligible next season. The transfer of Columbia graduates Mike Smith will be eligible immediately after an average of 22.8 points per game in the Ivy League last season.

Eastern thanked Howard for taking a chance on him and expressed in his message Monday that the problem with his university credits was “the only reason” why he was not admitted to Michigan.

“I say that to say that I will reopen my recruitment process as a transfer,” wrote Eastern. “I want to thank Michigan and all of the staff and the organization for trying to do everything in their power to get me into the University of Michigan.”


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