Endless Motor Sports had the privilege of speaking with Tamala Reed, the mother 2017 4 star PG Nojel Eastern (Meanstreets/Evanston) fresh off his unofficial visit to the University of Michigan. Tamala recaps the role UM envisions for Nojel, the interest level in UM, and some of the key factors that will influence Nojel’s commitment. Head coach John Beilein and UM have intensified the interest in the 6’6 PG in recent weeks, as Nojel is the type of dynamic playmaker off the dribble that UM has missed the last few years with the injuries to Caris Levert. It’s hard not to like the potential fit at UM in their ball-screen offense, as Nojel brings elite court vision and basketball IQ to the floor, while having the size, strength, and athletic ability to finish at the rim.
EM: Can you walk us through the visit?
TR: The visit was good, the coaching staff planned it out well. We toured the whole campus, all the facilities. From an academic and basketball perspective, it couldn’t be more ideal. We left with a great impression.
EM: In terms of basketball, did Coach Beilein/staff give any indication as to what role they would like Nojel to play at UM?
TR: They want Nojel to be a point guard at UM, they compared Nojel to Jalen Rose. A really good ballhandler with good court vision and size that can see over the top.
EM: Did Coach Beilein give any indication as to when an offer may be coming for Nojel?
TR: The offer should be coming, they want him, they love him, it (the offer) will happen soon.
EM: What would you rate the visit?
TR: I would give it an 8 or a 9, they really thought this thing out. Nojel said this visit is by far one of the best we had so far. They really laid it out as far where they see Nojel fitting in at UM, and they really love his game.
EM: What is the interest level for UM at this point?
TR: We are definitely considering UM now, it is Michigan after all. Considering what they showed us academically and with basketball, and in terms of how many players they’ve had drafted recently, we are certainly interested in UM. The fact that they see Nojel as a PG is really a big factor for us.
EM: What factors are the most influential in selecting a school?
TR: Coaching stability, the right fit, and the opportunity to play early if Nojel is able to earn a spot. It all comes down to fit, and the ability to play PG. When Nojel has the ball in his hands, he makes great decisions.
EM: Is there a commitment timeline at this point?
TR: Not at this time, we’re going think it out, and if we have to take it out to November, we will.
See Recent Highlights of Nojel at USA 17u Camp Below: