Former Ohio State guard D.J. Carton announced Wednesday evening that he would transfer to Marquette.


Carton was the headliner in a top recruiting class for the Buckeyes last year. He played in 20 games for Ohio State as a freshman and was the Buckeyes’ third-leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points.


Carton took a leave of absence and missed the season’s final 11 games, citing mental-health issues. Carton entered the NCAA transfer portal on March 19.


Carton, guard Luther Muhammad and forward Alonzo Gaffney have left Ohio State since the season ended. Muhammad announced Tuesday that he would transfer to Arizona State. Gaffney intends to pursue a professional career.


Carton, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, was the Buckeyes’ highest-rated recruit since D’Angelo Russell. He was 34th nationally in the 247sports composite rankings.


Carton showed his potential by scoring 15 points in an early win against Kentucky, but coach Chris Holtmann eventually played him more at off-guard than point guard when turnovers became an issue.


Carton left the team on Jan. 30. He indicated that he intended to return to the program. He did return to Ohio State, but not to the team.


In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Holtmann praised both Carton and Muhammad.


"Those are terrific young men and I think they’re going to do well wherever they go," he said.


Now Carton will be headed to Milwaukee to play for the Golden Eagles of the Big East. Marquette loses its top player, guard Markus Howard, from a team that finished 18-12 in 2019-20.


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