WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue rising sophomore Nojel Eastern has withdrawn from the
NBA Draft and will return to the Boilermakers for the 2018-19 season.

"I want to thank the teams that gave me the opportunity to work out for them. I
learned so much and took away a lot of knowledge that can help me reach this level,"
Eastern said. "The feedback I received from the evaluations can help to take the
next step to become a better player. I have decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft
and take what I have learned from this process and apply it in workouts and
competitions so that I can become the most complete player possible. Boiler Up!"

Eastern, a 6-foot, 6-inch guard from Evanston, Illinois, appeared in all 37 games
for the Boilermakers, averaging 2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game
while shooting 48.3 percent from the field (42 of 87).

Eastern played his best basketball late in the season, scoring 11 points with six
rebounds in 18 minutes during the Big Ten Tournament Championship game against
Michigan. A tough rebounder, Eastern ranked third on the team in offensive rebounds
from his point guard position.

"Nojel used this process to the best of his ability and received very valuable
feedback that will help him become a better player," Purdue head coach Matt Painter
said. "We are excited about his future at Purdue and he will have a big role on our
team moving forward. He has a very bright future ahead of him."

Purdue finished the season with a 30-7 overall record and is one of six schools to
have reached consecutive Sweet 16s.