Here’s the best thing you’ll see tonight.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 4, 2020
Vermont senior Josh Speidel gets the first start of his career and the first points of his career.
Speidel was a highly touted UVM recruit before a car accident in high school left him in a coma. Incredible story in Burlington. pic.twitter.com/kWInlKqFZF
A special moment on Senior Night presented by @UVM_Alumni. @UVMmbb’s @JSpeidel24 scores the first points of his collegiate career in a moment nobody will forget. #ThisIsVermont #JoshStrong pic.twitter.com/fNnro4c7Yj— UVM Athletics (@UVMathletics) March 4, 2020
Josh Speidel was a highly touted recruit for the University of Vermont coming out of high school until a traumatic brain injury he suffered in a car crash ended his career.
Here’s his high school highlights. At one point the 6’7 forward was getting looks from Michigan, Purdue, Xavier & Northern Illinois as an All-State player in Indiana.
He was featured on SVP’s 12pm Sportscenter during his “1 Big Thing” segment last year.
What an awesome moment that was unfortunately brought on by tragedy. And how about the Catamounts Head Coach honoring Josh’s scholarship and spending time in the hospital by Josh’s side amidst the Catamounts season. And how about the NCAA! The fucking NCAA actually doing something right for once and not having Josh Speidel’s scholarship count against the team. More stuff like this NCAA less penalizing kids for taking an ounce more of pasta then they’re allowed rationed at team dinners.
Here’s his intro to the Purdue crowd who he received a standing O from.
All culminating to tonight and an awesome moment on senior night no one, especially Josh and his family, will ever forget.