Memphis is Hoop City for America's future basketball stars..
The A.A.U. 13-and-Under National Championships are underway at 15-sites around town.
Sam Edwards from the Memphis Bearcats is already 6'5"!!!
72-teams and more than 800 players from all over the country are ripping the nets at 15-sites around town.
The River City Sonics of Kentucky in white here taking on the New Hampshire Hawks at American Way Middle School..
These 7th Graders hope to have a lot in common with the Memphis Grizzlies O.J. Mayo.
You see, Mayo won the AAU Championship here in Memphis as a 13-year old 7-years ago.
Now, he's the Third Pick in the NBA Draft.
AAU Site Director Cedric Franklin says of Mayo:
"Probably the best player I've seen come through here is O.J. Mayo. Matter of fact I drove all around the city watching him because he was such a dynamic talent."
11-Year old Aaron Anderson of Memphis says this tournament is a proving ground:
"You get to learn a lot from the other teams and older players from what they're doing. "
The A.A.U. Nationals run all week with the Finals on Sunday at Wooddale High School.