The Ohio State Buckeyes got some tough news on Thursday as fans learned the program would be losing rising sophomore guard DJ Carton to transfer. He arrived with big expectations and started the season really well, but ended up sitting out a significant portion of the season with health concerns. It was a disappointing end for what Buckeyes fans were hoping would be a great career in Columbus.
Ohio State's D.J. Carton will transfer, per release.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 19, 2020
Before committing to Ohio State, Carton was regarded as one of the midwest’s best high school prospects. He played high school ball in Iowa and was recruited by virtually every Big Ten program at one point. At one point, Carton was rated as a top 25 prospect in the 2019 recruiting class by 247Sports and as the second-best point guard. He joined what looked like a great 2019 class for the Buckeyes.
After arriving on campus, Carton hit the ground running. He played in 20 games early and averaged an impressive 10.4 points and 3.0 assists per game. Those numbers might not be eye popping on first glance, but they’re great for a true freshman playing on a team that was ranked in the top five early in the season.
With his departure, Ohio State will have to look to CJ Walker and Duane Washington to lead things in the backcourt next year. Perhaps the silver lining of Carton missing games this season is that it should make the team a little more prepared to overcome his departure next season.
Ohio State is still in decent shape going forward, but Carton’s loss was certainly a disappointing one. Either way, everyone certainly wishes him the best moving forward.