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 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
""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
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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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.
Tuesday Practice @ Winners Gym
5pm-630pm 4th, 5th, 6th , & select 6th/7th Grade Teams
630pm-8pm Blue Star 7th & 8th
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 )- Remaining dates June 1, 8, 15, & 22
Thursday Training @ Winners Gym
5pm-615pm Headstart Skills ( k-4th grade teams) ; Boys 4th ; Girls 4th
615-730pm Magic Skills and Drills 5th, 6th, & 7th
730pm-845pm Magic Elite Skills and Drills 8th, High School , College/College Bound
Friday -Scrimmage @ Lakewood Community Center
730pm (2-15 min halves)
4th vs 4th
5th vs 6th
815pm (2 16 minute halves)
bluestar 7th vs 7th/8th split
Rose City Classic- Portland, OR- June 11-12, 2016
Magic Teams Attending: 4th, 5th, 6th, & Bluestar 7th
EOT Youth Tournament- Portland, OR June 24-26, 2016
Magic Teams Attending Bluestar 7th
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 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
This is a partial list of the major tournaments Northwest Magic will attend in 2016. Check calendar for full list.