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Phone: 253-355-6497

High School and Blue Star High School 2016-2017 Schedule
Youth and Blue Star Youth 2016-2017 Schedule

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 8th 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 tryouts OR 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 AAU Club Code WWBBYB Exp 8/2019

Northwest Magic is a BlueStar Nike Sponsored Organization

Northwest Magic  is a proud Member of Blue Star BaskeBluetball  Based in the Tacoma, Wa  Area.  NW Magic  is the only Blue Star  club in  Washington State. In addition, the  Northwest Magic program draw players from the Southend, Northend, and as far as  Eastern Washington, 

Blue Star/USJN   has produced one of the nation’s top high school girl’s basketball circuits in the country.  The Girls Blue Star Circuit features 45  Blue Star  sponsored programs that battle it out at different stops around the Country in hopes of becoming one of top teams at the star-studded Blue Star Nike Nationals Tournament each year.    

BlueStar  has invested time and resources into further developing their 15u (Frosh & Soph) as  15u teams now qualify for the Blue Star Nationals that is played at the same time and location. 

In addition to the league,  7th, 8th and 9th grade rising stars from Blue Star  member organizations have the opportunity to participate in a Blue Star Evaluation Camps.  .  Click here to read more about the Rising Blue Star Camps.

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 

Blue Star Media Sponsored Travel Teams

AR Arkansas Mavericks

AZ Blue Star Arizona

BC Blue Star British Columbia (AthlElite)


CAN Blue Star Ontario

CO Rockies

FL Blue Star Florida

GA Atlanta Cagers

GA FBC Georgia

IA Kingdom Hoops

IL Chicago Hoops Express

IL Illinois Elite

IL Illinois Lady Lightning

IN Flight

IN MBA Select

KS MV Eclipse

MA Bay State Magic

MD Maryland Belles

MI Michigan Elite

MI Monarchs

MN Minnesota Crossfire

MN Minnesota Suns

MO Blue Star St. Louis (Red Knights)

NC Blue Star Carolinas

NC Carolina Belles

NJ Jersey Cardinals

NY Blue Star Upstate NY

NY Long Island Lightning

OH Capital City Stars

OH Cincy Heat Premier

OH Cincinnati’s Finest

OH Dayton Lady Hoopstars

OH Sports City U

OH Toledo Elite

OH Ohio Xtreme

OK Blue Star Oklahoma

TX Blue Star Dallas (BST)

TX Blue Star Houston (Skyrise)

TX Team Xpress

VA Blue Star Virginia

WA Northwest Magic

WI WBA Prestige

WI Wisconsin Playground Elite

WI Wisconsin Lakers

WV Blue Star West Virginia

    The Path/ The Process

    Northwest Magic is a program that serves the basketball community by providing first rate skills training, competitive youth and high school teams, and a staff that is committed to the growth and development of our student-athletes. If you love the game and are willing to work for your goals , you've come to the right place!

    Northwest Magic offers a convenient path/process to your success through our various programs.  

    -  Headstart/Foundation Program Serving K-3rd Graders 

    - Developmental Program Serving 4th & 5th Graders 

    - Aspiring Athlete Program Serving 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders

    -Next Level Program Serving 9th-12th Graders 

    Click here to view details. 


    "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 Class of 2016 player

    Click Here for other testimonial 

    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