Ohio State basketball: D.J. Carton stepping away, focusing on mental health

Ohio State will be without D.J. Carton on Saturday when it faces Indiana as the freshman guard has decided to “temporarily step away from the program.”

“I have been suffering with mental health issues for a couple years,” Carton said Thursday  in a Twitter post announcing his decision. “I have been through a lot. I’m disappointed to say I’m not 100% right now. I am not doing my teammates justice if I don’t work on this now.”

Carton came to Ohio State as the No. 34 overall player and No. 4 guard in his class. He is averaging 10.4 points and 3.0 assists per game this season.

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