Joe was born into a regular family in Philly, and grew up like any other kid in the city, loving 76ers and the Eagles. As a child he played countless hours at the basketball courts near his house, playing against mostly his brothers and some pick up games as well. He played mostly the 2 and sometimes the one, and was adept at ball and handling and had a knack for scoring and had much of a Dwyane Wade style of play. He was good enough to be able to get into Villanova on a basketball scholarship, and was sent to South Zagoria with the rest of his team for a training camp during the middle of the year during his freshman year. before the NCAA March Madness Tournament. All hell broke loose during his stay, and he and the team were stranded in this distant land, with only each other.