Outstanding New Brunswick scholar-athlete Luton commits to hoop Axemen

John Decoste
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Dan Luton, shown here in action for his high school team, the Fredericton High Black Kats, has committed to attend Acadia this fall and join the basketball Axemen roster. From all accounts, the 6'5" Luton is not only a good athlete and teammate, he is an outstanding student as well.

From all accounts, Acadia’s latest committed men’s basketball recruit is both a good basketball player and a good student.

Acadia and men’s basketball head coach Steve Baur announced May 9 that Dan Luton, who graduates from Fredericton High School this June, has committed to attend Acadia and join the Axemen roster.

Luton, a six-foot-five forward, was a team captain and the winner of the Coaches’ Choice award for the 2013 New Brunswick Canada Games team, which finished fourth in the country.

He received a similar award in 2012 for the New Brunswick provincial U-17 team.

During his high school basketball career, Luton helped the Black Kats to consecutive provincial championships in 2013 and 2014, and the FHS junior varsity to a provincial banner in 2012. He was captain of the 2013-2014 team.

Coach Baur confirmed Luton has been on his radar for a while.

“We’ve been watching Dan develop at FHS over the past three years, and are excited to have him join us at Acadia,” he said May 9. “Dan has proven his ability to perform on a big stage, as shown in provincial titles and an exciting run through the Canada Games.”

Academically, Luton, based on his application and acceptance into Acadia, will receive the Chancellor’s Award, valued at $51,000, over a four-year period.

His other academic achievements include the Duke of Edinburgh Silver award in Grade 11 and being named a Loran Scholar nominee in 2013. He also received a certificate of distinction from the Cayley National Mathematics Contest in 2012, hosted by the University of Waterloo.

Luton cited Acadia’s academic and athletic reputation as the main reason he made it his choice.

“Acadia is a perfect fit for me,” he says. Academically, athletically and location-wise, it’s a great school, and I’m very excited to hit the court next year.”

He said the university’s reputation “speaks for itself. Acadia has a long history of successful athletic programs, especially in terms of its basketball team, which has really set itself above the competition

 “I have spoken to current and former students who all have great things to say about the classes and the campus. I can’t wait to start in September.”

Organizations: Fredericton High School, New Brunswick Canada Games, Duke of Edinburgh Silver University of Waterloo

Geographic location: Acadia, New Brunswick

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