DJ Carton, a five-star point-guard prospect from Bettendorf, Iowa, announced his commitment to the Ohio State men’s basketball team via Twitter on Saturday.
In a post reading Buckeye Nation at the top, Carton was pictured in a No. 2 Ohio State jersey, with images of former Buckeyes guards D’Angelo Russell and Mike Conley Jr. in the background. The bottom of the image reads I’M COMING.
Carton thanked his family and friends, coaches Curtis Clark (Bettendorf High School) and Logan Wynn (program director for Carton’s AAU team in the Quad Cities) as well as Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and his staff.
"I am proud to announce I will be continuing my education and basketball career at The Ohio State University," Carton wrote.
Carton, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound left-hander, is ranked the No. 4 point guard and No. 17 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting class by Rivals. The composite rankings at 247Sports have him No. 2 among point guards and No. 20 overall.
He averaged 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals as a junior. He was named honorable mention all-state in Iowa.
The commitment to Ohio State ended a swift journey up the recruiting charts for Carton, who first turned heads at the 2017 state tournament, according to the Des Moines Register. As of a year ago he had only one offer, from North Dakota.
After a successful 2017 summer, Carton began receiving numerous offers from Big Ten schools. Over the winter, his stock rose even more — from No. 121 to No. 38 on the 247Sports composite rankings, according to the Register.
Ohio State first offered Carton in December, hosted him for an unofficial visit in mid-April and in the first evaluation window of the spring, and sent the entirety of its coaching staff to Minnesota to watch him play in late April.
In June, Carton narrowed his search to six schools, and then a week ago trimmed that list to three schools – Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan. That removed Xavier, Marquette and his homestate University of Iowa from the equation.
Carton on Wednesday made his third and final official visit to Ohio State. That day, Clark told The Dispatch that Carton was growing weary of the recruiting process and may have been looking to make his decision sooner rather than later.
"I think he’s looking forward to being a high school kid and making life simple again," Clark said.
Carton is not participating during the current summer evaluation period because of a slight knee sprain, but Clark said he expects his guard to return to the court by the end of the summer.