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Ohio State Men’s Basketball coach Chris Holtmann issues statement on D. J. Carton

Chris Holtmann

D.J. Carton

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – D.J. Carton, a freshman guard on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, will be taking some time away to deal with personal matters. He will miss the game Saturday vs. Indiana.

 

“D.J. remains a valued member of our program and we will continue to love and support him. Please respect the family’s privacy in this matter.” – Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach

 

MEDIA NOTES FROM MULTIPLE NEWS REPORTS

* Not clear if Carton will return this season

*Carton himself, said on social media, the move is to deal with some mental health issues. In his own words, “I have been suffering with mental health issues for a couple years. 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. I will fight for my team and Buckeye nation and I will come back stronger!”

He offered an inspirational message for people who are dealing with this type of issue.

“”If you are going through mental health issues, I have learned through this you are loved and valued. Thank You for the continuous love and support Buckeye Nation.”

*Sources are saying that Carton’s decision was made in his best interest and not the fact that the team has had a hot and cold season which is 13-7, 3-6 in the Big Ten. Team has suffered injuries, suspensions, were ranked as high as #2 in the nation and were 11-1. and now are in the bottom of the Big Ten at 11th

*Carton, a former five-star player, is a significant first-year player for the Buckeyes. 3rd on team in scoring at 10.4ppg, 2nd in assists with 2.9 and 4th in minutes 23.9mpg

*The Bettendorf, Iowa native leads the Big Ten for freshman in assists, 2nd in three-pointers made and 3rd in scoring

*All season, he has reminded fans and media of former Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with his scoring and explosiveness at times

 

STATEMENT WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

MEDIA NOTES COMPILED BY STAFF REPORTERS

 

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