Purdue made the Sweet 16 in the 2018 NCAA tournament, and the roster featured recognizable names in Carsen Edwards and Isaac Haas. So, it’s probably a surprise to hear that Nojel Eastern has decided to declare for the NBA draft.

The school announced Eastern has elected to not hire an agent, so the point guard will keep his collegiate eligibility.

Unless you’re a Purdue fan or recruiting buff, you’ve probably never heard of Eastern. But there’s absolutely zero downside to this decision.

Eastern, who averaged 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds last season, has an opportunity to compete alongside some of the nation’s top prospects. He can receive valuable training from NBA coaches and learn what parts of his game specifically need improvement.

Then, as long as Eastern withdraws his name prior to the May 30 deadline, he’ll return to Purdue armed with greater knowledge about how he can work toward becoming a legitimate draft prospect.

David Kenyon
Writer for Sportsnaut and Bleacher Report, mostly covering college football as well as the NFL, NBA and college basketball.