- Organizational Leadership
Graduated in just over three years from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership ... Will begin work on a second bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Development and Administration in the 2013-14 academic year ... Earned Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinction in 2011 and 2012 ... Nominated for 2011-12 C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Member of Tiger 3.0 Club for the 2012 spring, 2011 spring and 2010 fall semesters ... Earned Dean’s List recognition for the 2011 spring semester.
Joe has tremendous character, and it can be seen in his completing his bachelor’s degree in just over three years, along with the team’s success on the court. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in August of 2013, prior to the start of his senior season, which shows his tireless work ethic. His teamwork and work ethic also is seen on the court with the success the Tigers have enjoyed during his career. Memphis has an 82-24 record in his three seasons, including two conference regular-season titles and three league tournament crowns. The Tigers also have made three NCAA Tournament appearances during his career.
In his time as a student-athlete, Joe has been involved in community activities in Memphis and its surrounding communities. This past summer, Joe helped with the building of a children’s playground at Hanley Elementary School in his neighborhood of Orange Mound. He also has given numerous talks at schools and churches to youth about focusing on their schoolwork and staying positive in pursuit of their dreams. Joe has read books to schoolchildren at several elementary schools around the city of Memphis. He’s also participated in the Tigers’ one-day “day camp” for Special Olympians the past three years. The Special Olympians attend a Tigers practice, and afterwards, players, including Joe, lead the Special Olympians through shooting, passing and dribbling drills.
2012-13 Conference USA Player of the Year ... 2012-13 All-Conference USA first team ... 2012-13 United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District IV Team ... 2012-13 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 11 first team ... 2011 and 2012 Conference USA Tournament MVP ... First time in league history that a player earned back-to-back conference tournament MVP honors ... 2011 and 2012 Conference USA All-Tournament Team ... Became the 48th player in school history to score 1,000 points for a career in 2012-13 ... Enters 2013-14 as the No. 24 all-time scorer with 1,209 points ... Also No. 8 on the Tigers all-time assists chart with 413 assists ... Could finish career with over 1,500 points, 500 assists and 150 steals ... If reached, would be only the second player in Tigers history to do so (Elliot Perry is the other)