WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue freshman Nojel Eastern has announced his intention to
declare for the 2018 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, maintaining his

Eastern will put his name into the NBA Draft, making him eligible to be selected on
draft night June 21. He will be able to start attending workouts scheduled by NBA
teams April 24 and is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine, if selected,
from May 16 to 20 in Chicago. He then has 10 days (May 30 deadline) to weigh his
options and keep his name in or withdrawal for the NBA Draft. Withdrawing his name
from the Draft will maintain his eligibility in intercollegiate athletics.

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.

Purdue finished the season with a 30-7 overall record and was one of merely six
schools to reach consecutive Sweet 16s.