D.J. Carton to return to Ohio St.

D.J. Carton is returning to Ohio State, but he won’t be back on the court for the Buckeyes just yet.

After the freshman point guard announced he was leaving the program for mental health issues Jan. 30, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed that Carton is returning to Columbus Thursday.

The Buckeyes play Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena 7 p.m. Thursday, which is just an hour away from Carton’s native Bettendorf, Iowa.

Despite the close proximity to Carton’s hometown, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday Carton would not be in attendance for the game.

“There’s a lot that has to happen before that’s even in the conversation medically and in terms of overall health,” Holtmann said.