Freshman D.J. Carton Steps Away

He promises to be back "stronger," but for now, the basketball Buckeyes will be without talented freshman D.J. Carton. Coach Chris Holtmann, in a statement Thursday night, announced that Carton will miss the Buckeye game vs. Indiana Saturday, as he takes time away to deal with "personal matters."

"D.J. remains a valued member of our program and we will continue to love and support him," Holtmann said. "Please respect the family's privacy in this matter."

Moments after the Ohio State announcement, Carton himself took to Twitter to further explain the situation.

In his statement, Carton says his time away from the program is temporary and revealed he is battling mental health issues.

"I have been through a lot. I'm disappointed to say I'm not 100% right now," Carton wrote. "I am not doing my teammates justice if I don't work on this right now. I am doing everything in my power to strengthen my mental health. I will fight for my team and buckeye nation and I will come back stronger."

Carton is Ohio State's third leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points per game. He is coming off one of his best performances of the year, scoring 17 points with 3 assists in the Buckeyes road victory last Sunday over Northwestern. With Carton out of the line up, it means C.J. Walker will be Ohio State's only true point guard and is a severe blow to the Buckeyes overall back court depth. Walker, Duane Washington and Luther Muhammed are Ohio State's only scholarship guards. The Buckeyes host Indiana Saturday, then next week play at Michigan Tuesday February 4 and at Wisconsin Sunday February 9. There is no timetable for Carton's return.