COLUMBUS — Ohio State Buckeye freshman point guard D.J. Carton announced he’s taking a step back from the game he loves to focus on himself due to mental health issues he’s been suffering from for a couple of years, according to a statement he released on Twitter.
Carton, who comes to Ohio State from Iowa, said after talking to family, teammates and coaches, he decided to take a step back away from the Ohio State basketball program.
“I have been suffering from mental health issues for a couple years. 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. I am doing everything in my power to strengthen my mental health,” he said in statement.
Cavs' Kevin Love responded to his decision.
So much love and respect for you DJ. You’re going to come back stronger than ever. 💪🏻🙏🏻— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 31, 2020
Don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m right up the road. https://t.co/j7FfEumTX4
Carton is a key player on the team, starting three games and playing at least 18 minutes in every game, according to ESPN.
Prior to Ohio State, he was first team all-state and all-conference as a junior and a senior. He averaged a school record 26.3 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a junior.