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Best in the West Tournament- May 6-8, 2016

Magic 5th, Magic 5th/6th, Bluestar 7th, Magic 7th/8th, Magic 9th, and 10th/11th Split

Welcome to Northwest Magic

Vanessa McClendon Founder and Director of Northwest Magic

Vanessa McClendon Founder and Director of Northwest Magic

Northwest Magic is beginning it’s 7th Year of teaching
Basketball & Leadership Skills to Players of all ages!
THANKS for visiting our website!
Northwest Magic serves players in their pursuit of personal development through basketball and the opportunities it provides…Northwest Magic is a 501c3.  

Thank you for considering Northwest Magic for your player. We hope that during try-outs and/or practices, you’re able to observe first-hand what Magic is about: hard work, excellent basketball instruction, and the opportunity for players to have fun while learning.

Magic prides itself on providing a positive environment for every player who wants to increase his or her basketball skills.

Placement decisions will be made for players after they attend 1-2 practices.  Please expect to receive a phone call or email from Coach Vanessa with an official Welcome to Magic. This will provide you with a chance to ask any questions. 

Founder and director of Northwest Magic, Coach Vanessa McClendon leads the way to Northwest Magics' many success stories. Vanessa's personal career has many highlights.  Earning Second-Team all-state honors from California Basketball Magazine. As well as the East Bay Player of the year by the East Bay Prep Writers Association. Vanessa averaged 19.9 points, 8.4 steals and 4.3 assists a game her final year. Eclipsing the state’s single-season steals standard (252) in addition to finishing second on the career chart (674). She paced the team to a 26-6 record and Division I runner-up in the Northern California Championships, scoring 21 points in the title game. Vanessa received dozens of offers from D1 schools, including most California schools, University of Washington, University of Oklahoma, and most PAC-10 schools. Coach Vanessa decided to attend The University of Oregon and played for them from 1989-1992. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Read More- click 

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee- Vanessa Selden-McClendon- click 

Northwest Magic is a BlueStar Nike Sponsored Organization

For over 25 years BlueStar, has been one of the most influential organizations in women's basketball. BlueStar has been instrumental in selecting and advising publications such as The Sporting News, USA Today, Gatorade Circle of Champions and McDonalds All American Team, to name a few. These rankings and evaluations are part of our National BlueStar Report available to media & colleges across the country.

Why BlueStar?

Through our hard work and commitment, we have been able to be recognized as a leader in player development and producing potential college prospects. The BlueStar recruiting program is a national power in the women's college recruiting world and they have accepted us as a BlueStar Travel team. Thus, being a BlueStar Sponsored Program offers our teams and players a more recognized and highly respected name among college coaches.

BlueStar Report

The longest running girls basketball information service in the country. BlueStar originated in 1981 as a series of All-American camps across the country and as an evaluation report and newsletter. As the game grew BlueStar Basketball grew with it and created the nation's first dedicated girls basketball website in 1996. BlueStar Basketball has been sponsored by Nike since 1998, and continues to support our grassroots effort.

U.S. Junior National Girls Events

USJN is one of the longest running organizations in girls' basketball, and has been running tournaments across the country since 1986, as the first privately owned company outside of AAU to offer girls basketball tournaments. Nike has been sponsoring the USJN since the early 1990’s and has been one of the strongest supporters of girls grassroots basketball in the country.

Interview- (Northwest Magics Coach Vanessa and Magic players get interviewed)- click 

Coach Vanessa’s Training/Coaching Philosophy


Coach Vanessa's training is based on the idea that learning in a challenging, yet fun environment yields the best results. The greatest improvement is seen when passion, hard work, fun, and understanding all mesh together on the court. Coach Vanessa prides herself on her ability to get the most out of each trainee every time she works with them. This coupled with her unique approach to promote a deeper understanding of the game, has led to great success for all of the players and teams she has worked with.

Magic Commits/Alumni

Northwest Magic AAU Club Code WW6FC5 Exp 8/2016


    ""My daughter has been with Vanessa McClendon and Northwest Magic since she was in the 6th grade.  Vanessa has done a great job of increasing the basketball IQ of all the girls plus she's managed to create and foster a really supportive basketball family.  She and the northwest magic Coaches are highly respected by other organizations as well as college coaches. Its not unusual to see 15-20 Northwest Magic Families at some of the high school games around Tacoma , Federal Way , Olympia, and Puyallup/Bethel area schools ,watching kids in the Northwest Magic organization. If you are looking for a life changing experience for your player , if you are looking for a place for your player to develop , if you are looking for excellent instruction , if you are looking for a place for your player to prepare for the next level , Northwest Magic is the place to be. A phenomenal experience !"

    Mother of 2016 player

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    Weekly Schedule at-a-glance (updated April 27, 2016)

    Tuesday Practice @ Winners Gym

    5pm-630pm  4th, 5th,  6th , & select 6th/7th Grade Teams

    630pm-8pm  Blue Star 7th,  8th , & High School Select Teams

    8pm-930pm  Blue Star High School Teams 

    Wednesday Practice @ Ballou Middle School 

    7pm-815pm 4th Boys 

    Wednesday Training @ Ballou Middle School 

    730pm-845p (Post Training and Guard Training )

    Thursday Training @ Winners Gym 

    5pm-615pm  Headstart Skills ( k-4th grade teams) ; Boys 4th ; Girls 4th 

    615-730pm Magic Skills  5th, 6th, & 7th 

    730pm-845pm  Magic Elite Skills 7th, 8th, & High School 

    Friday -Scrimmage  @ Lakewood Community Center

    730pm (2-15 min halves)

    4th vs 4th 

    5th vs 5th/6th split

    810pm (2 16 minute halves)

    5th/6th vs 6th/7th split

    bluestar 7th vs 7th/8th split

    845pm (2 20 minute halves)

    7th/8th split vs high school select

    Bluestar Silver 9th vs Bluestar Purple 10th/11th 

    2016 Northwest Magic Major Tournament Schedule

    This is a partial list of the major tournaments Northwest Magic  will  attend in 2016.  Check calendar for full list

    • April 15-17 EliteisEarned- Alameda, CA 

    •     April 22-24- USJN- Windy City Classic Chicago, Illinois

    • July 22-25 - USJN/Nike 17U National Championships-  Washington DC 

    • July 25-27- USJN 12U-15U National Championships- Washington DC 

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    Best in the West- Yakima, WA May 6-8, 2016

    Magic Teams attending 5th, 5th/6th split,  Blue Star 7th, 7th/8th split, Bluestar Silver- 9th , and Bluestar Purple - 10th/11th split 

    Cal Stars- Salem, OR- May 20-22, 2016

    Magic Teams attending 4th, 5th,  5th/6th split , Blue Star 7th, 7th/8th split, Bluestar Gray- 9th ,  Bluestar Silver 10th, Bluestar Purple 11th