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Raul Neto
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Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:172 lbs. / 78 kg.
Speaking of Neto, the Brazilian point guard will return home to his native land to participate with his national team in the next couple of weeks. That will prevent him from participating in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Jazz next month. The Jazz, team sources say, are still high on Neto, whom the organization traded for after Atlanta drafted him 47th overall in 2013. Coincidentally, Jazz coach Quin Snyder, then a Hawks assistant, was among those to be impressed by the 6-foot-2 point guard last year. Utah hasn’t made an official decision about Neto for the 2014-15 season, but it’s most likely he’ll return to play for his Spanish team, Lagun Aro GBC. Despite the addition of Exum and last year’s acquisition of point guard Trey Burke, the Jazz still have future plans for Neto.
Puerto Rico drew Brazil for their first game of the tournament, making it a matchup of the top two teams in the tournament and a likely preview of the eventual championship game. The game lived up to its billing, too, considering the score was 62-61 with 2:28 left in the game before Renaldo Balkman rattled off five straight points to help his country score an eventual 72-65 victory. Balkman, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2006, scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots while playing 37 of the game’s 40 minutes — and he didn’t even choke a teammate in the process. Former Boston University standout John Holland added 15 points and nine rebounds while Minnesota Timberwolves dynamo J.J. Barea struggled to 12 points on 11 shot attempts, committing four turnovers in the process. Other notables on the Puerto Rican squad include Carlos Arroyo (7 points, 2-of-9 shooting), Ricky Sanchez (four points, four rebounds and four fouls) and former USC star — and current 36-year-old chucker — Larry Ayuso (two points, four fouls, five shots). The only NBA player on the Brazil roster is Utah Jazz draft pick Raul Neto because Nene, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao all decided to sit this tournament out.
Raul Neto, a 6-2 point guard, was the camp’s outstanding guard prospect, in my opinion. To be a starting point guard at 21 years old in the ACB is a great beginning to his professional career. He is extremely quick and crafty with his passing and displays the ability to make Steve Nash-like floaters in the lane. If Neto doesn’t pull his name out by the June 17 NBA early entry deadline, it is a sure sign that he has a “promise” from a team somewhere in the second round. I heard rumblings at the end of camp that he does.
Point guard Raul Neto and big man Augusto Lima (pictured) each put in 14 points to lead an All-Star team in a blowout of the under-19 Serbian team. Neto did his damage as more of a scorer than a distributor, but it’s easy to see why he is a prospect teams will be keeping an eye on over the next year or two. His ability to create his own shot is to be valued, and he is able to cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor, as well. Lima was especially dominant on Day 2, after a less than inspired performance the first day. “I like to compare myself to Anderson Varejao,” Lima told me. “A lot of guys say that about me when we played together on the national team. I think in the future I’ll be able to be even more like him. I try to have more activity than him, but you know. He plays really hard. When I play with him on the international team I try to be like him, but he has much more experience so I’m not there yet.”