Today will mark 16 months since the first meeting between Vermont and Purdue on a basketball court. They will be competing in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Milwaukee. Their previous meeting should have been an opportunity for Vermont’s Josh Speidel to shine, but this was altered when he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident just 9 months earlier. The 6-foot-7 Speidel will be on the Catamounts’ bench again against the Boilermakers, but he still has a long way to go before he realizes his dream of playing in a game for Vermont. He had to relearn to talk and walk after the accident, and while doctors have told him it could be five years before his brain fully heals, he’s made great strides.
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