A coveted recruit from Big Ten country became a Boilermaker on Wednesday afternoon.
Nojel Eastern, a 4-star small forward in the 2017 class, announced his commitment to Purdue during a ceremony at Evanston (Ill.) Township High, first unveiling a Purdue shirt on the court on which he stars before adding a Purdue hat and signing his National Letter of Intent.
Wednesday is the final day of the early signing period.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Eastern chose Matt Painter’s program over Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, DePaul and others.
Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported that Eastern said he connected well with the team.
“I connected with the players really well,” Eastern said. “I feel the system and the style of play fits me extremely well. They have great players and great people. It’s a great school. I loved it down there.
Eastern is rated by 247 Sports as the 69th-best player in the 2017 class and the No. 14 small forward.
Eastern took an official visit to West Lafayette in late August, according to 247. The Boilermakers were one of the first schools to offer Eastern, doing so in August 2014.
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He becomes the fourth player to commit of Purdue’s 2017 class, joining Matt Haarms, Aaron Wheeler and junior-college transfer Eden Ewing. Before Eastern’s commitment, the Boilermakers class was ranked 54th in the country and ninth in the Big Ten. After his signing, those rankings jumped to 27th nationally and third in the conference.
— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 16, 2016