Nojel Eastern is considering Ohio State for his college career. The standout from Evanston Township is one of the top recruits in the country. He announced the official visit on Twitter and said it would happen early in November.
From the class of 2017, Eastern is a 4-star swingman who is ranked as high as #3 in his home state of Illinois. On a national level, he is #14 among small forwards and #69 in overall prospects. His numbers have been impressive as a junior with 14.9 points, 4 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per game - good enough to lead his team to a 23-6 season. This excellent all-around player stands 6 feet, 6 inches and weighs 210 pounds.
His visit will coincide with the scrimmage between the Buckeyes and Ohio University. This should give Eastern with the opportunity to watch the team play up-close. Coach Thad Matta expressed his interest in recruiting Eastern with two visits to his home.
Whether his efforts will bear fruit is anybody's guess. According to reports, Eastern most likely is going to Michigan State where he already made an official visit back in September. Purdue and Seton Hall were also among his past stops.
For now, the Buckeyes have already gotten two verbal commitments from incoming freshmen. They include Braxton Beverly, a 3-star point guard from Chatham Hargrave Military Academy, and Kaleb Wesson, a 4-star center from Westerville South. They were scheduled to sign in November. Ohio's last scholarship slot is reserved for a swingman and Coach Matta hopes it will be Eastern.
NOJEL EASTERN - 2017 6'6" PG - ESPN TOP 100 - USA BASKETBALL - EVANSTON WILDKITS #20