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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. NBCSports.com

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The Jazz's other draft-night acquisition, point guard Raul Neto, is a "big if" to participate in summer league, O'Connor said. It's possible Neto could play in Spain for another year or two before trying to earn a spot on the Jazz roster. Deseret News

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Steve Kyler: Hotel sightings: Lucas Nogueira and Raul Neto are here. Nogueira is a virtual lock to go first round. Neto a bit of a surprise, 2nd rounder Twitter @stevekylerNBA

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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. ESPN.com

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