BrandonClayScouting: Player Card – Nojel Eastern

Class of 2017 guard Nojel Eastern of Evanston, Ill., is one of the top recruits in the Midwest. Photo cred - Jon Lopez/Nike

Class of 2017 guard Nojel Eastern of Evanston, Ill., is one of the top recruits in the Midwest. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike


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2014 Nike EYBL. Session #2. Dallas.Nojel Eastern (Evanston, Ill.), Evanston
Height: 6’2″
Position: Guard
Committed College: Undecided
Star Grade:
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By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB

Date: May 29, 2016
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike Boys EYBL Session IV (Atlanta, GA)

Eastern has good size at the wing spot. He’s struggled a bit with minor injuries throughout his high school career but was rolling here. He made a nice pocket pass to Livers on the roll. Eastern is a solid producer averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 8 EYBL games. He’s only shooting 20 percent from beyond the arc, 67 percent from the line and 45 percent from the field.

Date: October 4, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Eastern is an athlete, first and foremost. I believe he is the type of player who can be effective without a defined position on the floor. However, he is best off of the ball and in driving situations. Impressively, he did a good job of distributing off of the drive. His jumper still has some work left, but he will hit a fair percentage when left open.

Date: October 3, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Unlike my May eval, Eastern played off the ball here like he did in Jon’s eval below. In this role, he actually showed more long term potential. He is a good athlete who plays with energy. Eastern showed the skill to get downhill in the side ball screen set. At times he has a tendency to dance left to right when he’s in a one on one situation. We didn’t see Eastern take an open jump shot in this eval.

Date: July 17, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL Peach Jam (North Augusta, S.C.)

Eastern played off of the ball in the game that I watched here today. The left handed athlete rebounded the ball exceptionally well from the guard spot. He has strong hands and good body control on the drive. He used a series of jab steps and quick crossovers to create space here today. He understands angles and hit the open 3 today. Will be interesting to to watch his game to see if he is a PG or SG longterm.

Date: May 24, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Eastern is a fast point guard from end-to-end. He played some quality minutes here though not displaying a skill specialty.

Highlights of Eastern courtesy of Krossover TV

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Staff-Pic-B-ClayBrandon Clay is the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and BrandonClayScouting.com. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay is a McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee member. He also votes on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and is the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors Chairperson. He has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach Clay at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com

Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB