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CN's Speidel commits to the University of Vermont
August 19, 2014Columbus North High School
Columbus North senior Josh Speidel announced Tuesday (Aug. 19) that he will attend the University of Vermont on a basketball scholarship.
A 6-8 forward, Speidel averaged 17.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a junior while leading the Bull Dogs to a 20-6 record.
“Basketball wise and college wise, it was just the best fit for me,” said Speidel, who was selected to the core group of the Indiana Junior All-Stars last summer. “On my official visit, it just checked all the boxes. It was the right place.”
Speidel said that Ball State, Loyola (Ill.) and Illinois-Chicago were other schools he considered at the end of a recruiting process that began when he was an eighth-grader when he received a letter from Xavier University.
“It was a tough choice,” he said. “All four schools had good qualities about them.”
Columbus North coach Jason Speer was happy for Speidel.
“Josh is a special young man, and he did his due diligence to make the right choice for his future,” Speer said. “He is grateful for the interest he was shown from all the schools, and we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish during his senior year. We congratulate Josh and his family.”
In Vermont, Speidel will be joining a program that includes several players with Indiana roots. They include sophomore Dre Willis of Ben Davis and freshmen Zach McRoberts of Carmel and Ernie Duncan of Evansville Harrison. Also, high school senior Everett Duncan, Ernie’s brother, also has committed to the Catamounts.
Vermont is coached by John Becker, who has compiled a 67-35 record with three postseason berths – including an NCAA berth in 2012 -- in three seasons as the program’s head coach. Last season, the Catamounts went 22-11, won the America East Conference regular-season championship and earned an NIT berth.
Becker was an assistant coach at the school the preceding five years, four of which resulted in postseason appearances.
Speidel was chosen IBCA/Subway first-team Underclass All-State, Associated Press high honorable mention All-State and first-team all-Conference Indiana as a junior.
Through three seasons, Speidel has scored 1,078 career points for the Bull Dogs. He stands third on the school’s all-time scoring behind 1963 graduate Bill Russell (1,272 points) and 2014 graduate Evan Henry (1,200).
Speidel becomes the sixth Columbus North athlete from the class of 2015 to make a college choice. Others who have made commitments are Sydney Anderson to the University of Indianapolis for women’s golf, Kelsay Lucas to Oakland (Mich.) for softball, Devin Mann to Louisville for baseball, Ali Patberg to Notre Dame for women’s basketball and Emma Risley to Indianapolis for women’s soccer.