Vanessa McClendon Founder and Director of Northwest Magic
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.
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2012 Hall of Fame Inductee- Vanessa Selden-McClendon- click
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.
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.
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.
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.
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AR Arkansas Mavericks
AZ Blue Star Arizona
BC Blue Star British Columbia (AthlElite)
CAN Blue Star Ontario
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 MBA Select
KS MV Eclipse
MA Bay State Magic
MD Maryland Belles
MI Michigan Elite
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
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
"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
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.