Columbus hoops star Josh Speidel returns to the court 9 months after devastating car crash

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Nov. 15, 2015) -- Columbus' very own Josh Speidel was back on the court nine months after a devastating car crash.

The Purdue Boilermakers hosted the University of Vermont on Sunday and the team made sure all of its players were together. The NCAA granted a waiver so Josh could sit with his team for the game.

“I didn’t know if I’d have this chance, but just to be here with the team that has been a support through it all, is just great,” he said.

Speidel accepted a full-ride basketball scholarship to Vermont, but his plans were side tracked after a devastating car crash in February. Since then, Josh’s eyesight has improved, he’s walking and he’s even got a part-time job.

“I’m feeling great, you know. Spending the weekend with Vermont has been a blessing. Yeah, I feel great."

Speidel suffered a traumatic brain injury from the crash, but he is making progress and is determined to attend Vermont in 2016.

“We’re hopeful he’ll be at Vermont next year in some capacity with us because we’re a better team with him around, with him part of it,” said Vermont head coach John Becker.

Speidel and his family thank everyone at Vermont and Purdue and all over the country for their continued support.

“I thought it was huge of our fans and our players and everybody in the Purdue community to make him feel welcome,” said Purdue head coach Matt Painter.