Nojel Imani Eastern, an outstanding American professional basketball player, has been officially announced as the first foreign reinforcement that will make up the roster of the Red Hawks of Veracruz in its new stage.
Born on May 26, 1999 (24 years old) in Chicago, Illinois, Nojel Eastern has shown his talent and skills on various teams throughout his career in the NCAA university divisions in the United States and the Mexican CIBACOPA.
After playing three seasons in college basketball for the Purdue Boilermakers from 2017-2020, Eastern transferred to Howard University before deciding to sit out to enter the 2021 NBA draft, though he sadly went undrafted.
Nojel started playing for four years at Evanston Township High School in his native Illinois. During his school years he achieved outstanding performances and led the team to the regional championship.
However, an injury suffered in April 2015 forced him to undergo surgery on his left ankle at just 15 years of age. He returned for his senior year as a student and was a finalist for the Illinois Mr. Basketball Award, given to the best high school basketball player in the state.
Later in 2017, the 6-foot-1 Point Guard and Shooting Guard joined Purdue University, where as a freshman he took on a significant role as a defensive specialist off the bench.
Over his next few seasons he established himself as a starter and excelled as a solid defenseman, leading the team in rebounding and being recognized in the NCAA Big Ten Conference All-Defensive in 2019 and 2020.
After traveling different paths, Eastern arrived in Mexico to be part of the Rayos de Hermosillo team in the Pacific Coast Basketball Circuit (CIBACOPA). He was named an All-Star and made it all the way to the championship game.
Now, Nojel Eastern will take the next step in Mexican professional basketball, joining his Rayos teammate, Joaquín Villanueva, in the Halcones Rojos de Veracruz where he will debut in the Liga SíSNova (National Professional Basketball League).