A graduate of Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in 1983, Joe played his university basketball with the Manitoba
"Bisons". In his rookie year, Joe won the Rookie of the Year Award of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. He was an All-Canadian
in 1985 and 1986. While at university, Joe played with the Junior National Team at the World Championship in Spain. For several
summers, he was also a member of the Canadian National Team.