Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

Former Ohio State and Villa Angela-St. Joseph star David Lighty apparently will sign a two-year contract to play with Cantu, Italy, in the Euroleague next season, according to various sources.

The deal is believed to be worth $300,000 for the two seasons. It would also not allow him to return to the NBA this season, one NBA source said.

Lighty and his agent, Joel Bell, did not return phone calls to The Plain Dealer on Wednesday, but Lighty’s mother, Emily, confirmed that Lighty probably would sign with Cantu this week.

“We’re not giving up,” she said of her son’s dream to play in the NBA. “But it’s the Lord’s plan for him to take a different route. Everything happens for a reason.”