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Wizards have lots of new faces

Bismarck, ND -

The excitement level is sky high for the Dakota Wizards with the season only 4 days away.

For first year head coach Nate Bjorkgen and the rest of the Wizards playing in Bismarck triggers different emotions.


For veteran players like Mo Baker, it's a relief to be back playing in a familiar place.

But for D-League rookies like Joe Harden, North Dakota is a whole new world, after coming from California, and going to school at UC Davis.

Joe Harden / Wizard Rookie: "I new it was the capital, but when they said the Dakota Wizards I didn't know if it was North Dakota or South Dakota so I had to kinda look online and figure that out. I didn't know too much about it, but so far it's a really great little town, the people are really nice and really welcoming. Besides the cold it's pretty nice."

The Wizards still have 4 cuts to make, before their opening day roster.

The Wizards tip off their season at home against the L.A. D-fenders this Friday at 7 o'clock.

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