Northwest Magic was founded in 2009 by Coach Vanessa Selden- Mcclendon, a former University of Oregon standout. With the support and backing of her husband Gerald McClendon, and great friend with great business savy and a passion for basketball, Edwina Martin-Arnold, a great Coach mentor Kevin Strozier.. and the help of many others, Northwest Magic has developed into one of the most recognizable organizations in the Northwest. NW Magic is a premier youth basketball program focused on developing college ready players. This involves skills development, fostering sportsmanship, and encouraging academic success.
College ready players need exposure. On the girl’s side, Magic is a Blue Star Nike sponsored club. Blue Star has a 25 year history of providing exposure events, mainly under the title of United States Junior Nationals (USJN). Over 70% of the top female high school players during the past decade have attended Blue Star. During the past 25 years of Blue Star over 1,514 campers were named to the prestigious Street & Smith Magazine pre-season All-America high school girls basketball team. Blue Star’s past event all-star listings is a Who’s Who of College Basketball. Blue Star staff alone has four of the 23-committee members for the McDonald’s All-American Team.
After developing a solid girl’s program, Magic was very excited to debut it’s boy’s program a last year. Magic started at the elementary level, and the organization is very busy developing the same level of exposure that is present in the girl’s program.
Our premier basketball player development program is unmatched in offering year-round training. NW Magic offers a variety of athletic training programs for those who are serious about taking their talents to the next level. We are focused on proper decision making in game like situations, individual offensive and defensive skills development, strength, speed, and agility training. We prepare our young athletes to compete at their highest level by teaching them skills that are integral to properly transition to collegiate and professional levels.
EXPOSURE & RECRUITING ASSISTANCE
Magic is known for developing college ready players. Depending on the tournament, we receive notice from 50 to 150 colleges stating that they will be attending our games. This combined with the power of Blue Star is great exposure for our athletes. We, at Magic, will work tireless with a family to find the institution that is a fit for the athlete.
PRACTICE & TRAINING CAMP
Weekly practices, Offensive Skills, Dr. Dish Shooting sessions, Soft Sand Speed, Agility & Strength training programs are offered year-round. During the High School travel season and prior to the NCAA viewing period events, NW Magic members participate in a series of mini camps and weeklong pro-style training camps. Training Camps ensures player and team development, while team-building activities enhance the bonding experience that has fortified our reputation as a NW MAGIC FAMILY!
NW Magic maintains the highest standards of integrity for our staff members. Our criteria or selection process for choosing coaches is evident in all of our coaches’ appearance, demeanor, and interaction with your child. All NW Magic coaches are experienced, knowledgeable professionals who have proven ability to teach and develop young athletes. Throughout the training process, each athlete will be encouraged, valued, and respected. The player’s welfare and success is always our primary concern.
ABOUT USJN TOURNAMENTS
U.S. Junior Nationals was created in 1986 by Mike Flynn as the first privately owned travel team event that brought top level AAU teams from all over the country under one roof to compete in front of college coaches. It was an elite tournament of the top 16 teams in the country converging on William & Mary’s campus where 100 of college coaches watched… And USJN was born.
1992 – USJN became one of, if not the first, girls’ basketball event operators to use the internet/world wide web.
1998 – Its 17u Championships in Washington DC drew so much attention nationally that Nike came in as a sponsoring partner to the group and have been with USJN ever since.
2005 – Chris Mennig came on board with Mike Flynn after coaching at various college levels for 11 years, and gave the website its first mini-facelift.
2008 – The present online operating system was implemented – showing colleges/logos that attended / pool all-stars / hotels scheduling / etc. An expansion of Non-D1 regional exposure events was implemented to help allow Division II, Division III, NAIA, Junior College coaches the chance to evaluate as well as national scouting services. 2008 saw just over 1,200 teams participate in 17 events (74.8 teams/event)
2012 – USJN unveiled its ‘live scoring’ feature to the events. Game results were updated/streamed live on the USJN website during the event. 2012 closed out the year with just under 2,500 teams participating in 27 events across the country (92.1 teams/event)
2013 – USJN receives it first new branding campaign in 27 years of operation, with the approval of Nike grassroots program – Happy Birthday USJN! You deserve it.
MORE ABOUT BLUE STAR
For over 25 years Blue Star has been one of the most influential organizations in selecting and advising such publications rankings and listings as found in The Sporting News, USA Today, Gatorade Circle of Champions, and McDonalds All American Team just to name a few. These rankings and evaluations are part of our national Blue Star Report available to media & colleges across the country.
ABOUT BLUE STAR MEDIA
Launched in 2010, BlueStar Media has evolved as a national, unbiased resource for girls’ basketball recruiting coverage and beyond. With an experienced and respected line up of top tier talent unequaled by any of its peer outlets, BlueStar Media defines itself with integrity and credibility. Hall of Fame journalist and author Dick Weiss is joined by former ESPN and USA Today staffer Christopher Lawlor as well as veteran Wendy Parker who has the likes of the Basketball Times and the Atlanta Journal Constitution on her resume.
In the Women’s Basketball wheelhouse former ESPN HoopGurlz National Recruiting Coordinator and 25 year Division I coach Mark Lewis provides recruiting process insights as well as evaluation, coverage and photography of events from coast to coast. Numerous other former coaches and evaluators contribute on a regular basis providing experienced assessments of events and talent on the horizon.
WHAT IS RISING BLUE STAR?
Rising Blue Star Report provides projections for what levels of play girls basketball prospects will likely attain given their natural progress. THIS IS NOT A RANKINGS LIST. Players are grouped from all over the country that have attended 11U Nationals, 12U Nationals, 13U Nationals, as well as some players from 14U Nationals. Also include campers that attend August and September Rising Blue Star (7th/8th) Camps and various participants in USJN events that fall in to this age category. 2007’s report contained nearly 800 players from all over the country.
The Rising Blue Star Report will be broken down as follows:
D1 Level (at some level)
Keep Eye On
Lindsay Whalen at a middle school age was given a “Keep Eye On” evaluation – decent frame, aggressive penetration, but lacked skill – thus was worth keeping an eye on. Candace Parker came out at a young age everyone saw that she was a “Major Level” player. 5’5 confident handle, has big feet so likely to grow, shoots 3pter w/ slight push but will likely get stronger – keep an eye on her.