Freshman guard D.J. Carton transferring from Ohio State

Ohio State's D.J. Carton brings the ball up court as Morgan State's Isaiah Burke defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State men's basketball freshman D.J. Carton announced he is leaving the program and will transfer.

"Buckeye Nation, I first want to say thank you to all the Ohio State fans who supported me during the difficult times I went through this year," Carton wrote on Twitter. "I also want to thank the university, my teammates, the coaches and all the staff who went above and beyond to help my family and me this year. After some careful thought and consideration, I have decided to make a fresh start and enter the transfer portal. I wish Coach [Chris] Holtmann and my teammates the best of luck next year. Please respect my decision."

In 20 games, Carton averaged 10.4 points and three assists.

At the end of January, Carton left the team citing mental health as the reason.