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Nojel Eastern Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team

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The junior guard returns as the team leader for a young Purdue team.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 01 Carroll at Purdue Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It is Big Ten Basketball media Day in Chicago, which means very little outside of canned quotes and uninteresting questions since I am not there to ask Thad Matta about Mark Titus. What is always fun is the release of the Preseason All-Big Ten teams and projected standings. That usually means Purdue is involved since we have won two of the last three regular season championships and finished second in the third year. That trend continues as junior guard Nojel Eastern was named to the Preseason all-Big Ten team:

2019-20 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CASSIUS WINSTON, SENIOR GUARD, MICHIGAN STATE

2019-20 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Ayo Dosunmu, Sophomore Guard, Illinois

Joe Wieskamp, Sophomore Guard, Iowa

ANTHONY COWAN JR., SENIOR GUARD, MARYLAND

Jalen Smith, Sophomore Forward, Maryland

Zavier Simpson, Senior Guard, Michigan

Xavier Tillman, Junior Forward, Michigan State

CASSIUS WINSTON, SENIOR GUARD, MICHIGAN STATE

KALEB WESSON, JUNIOR FORWARD, OHIO STATE

Lamar Stevens, Senior Forward, Penn State

Nojel Eastern, Junior Guard, Purdue

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Purdue is contending for its record 25th regular season Big Ten championship and hopefully third in four years. The media expects another top 4 finish for Purdue, as a poll of media figures has Purdue projected to finish 4th in the league behind Michigan State, Maryland, and Ohio State.