If you haven’t heard yet, semiprofessional basketball is returning to Wichita this April.

The Wichita Wizards have joined the MLBA (Minor League Basketball Association). It’ll be the first time since 1992 that the city has seen semipro ball in town.

No official venue has been announced on where games will be played at but according to their Twitter page that should be announced soon. With the season beginning in a few months, that will likely be imminent.

While I don’t know much about the MLBA, I love basketball and plan on attending some games. It appears the MLBA is broken up into conferences and the Wizards will be in the Red River Valley Conference which last year included San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Back in December, the team had tryouts to finalize their team roster. Considering I’m a former Wichita State intramural champion and reigning back-to-back 2017 & 2018 south YMCA league Mens League champion, I opted not to try out. I left it to the younger, quicker, stronger, more athletic men who don’t resort to the recreational league like myself. The Wizards recently announced their roster. The 21 player roster features sixteen men who are from Wichita, KS or played in the Wichita City League. There are many former D1 athletes such as Robert Goff (Marshall), Jawanza Poland (USF), Gavin Thurman (Missouri State), Aaron Scales (Cleveland State/NCAT), and Josh Walker (Wichita State), and Gage Loy (Texas-Rio Grande Valley),

I for one am excited and cannot wait for the first game of the season to go check it out. I’m all about supporting professional sports at any level.

Be sure to follow the Wizards’ Facebook page to stay up to date with the team as more is announced such as the venue and game dates.


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