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Top passing big men

Guards are expected to be good passers, but a big man who is a quality passer is a dangerous weapon. Julius Randle leads the list of the six best passing big men in 2013.

Julius Randle sees the floor.

1. Julius Randle


No. 2 247Sports/ No. 2 247Composite ranking
6-9, 250-pounds, power forward, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian

The physical strength of Randle makes him such a unique passer. In a similar vein as Lebron James, Randle can put the ball on the floor and make the long diagonal pass the opposite direction. The question on Randle is what uniform he will be wearing when he is passing next year.

2. Rondae Jefferson


No. 18 247Sports/ No. 13 247Composite ranking
6-7, 215-pounds, small forward, Chester (Pa.) High School

Arizona is expecting Jefferson to step into the vacated shoes of Solomon Hill next year. A very similar player as Hill, Jefferson is a terrific passer, especially on the move in transition.

3. Kuran Iverson


No. 32 247Sports/ No. 30 247Composite ranking
6-9, 215-pounds, small forward, Waynesboro (Va.) Fishburne Military School

A Memphis recruit, Iverson loves to put the ball on the floor and make the difficult pass while slashing to the basket. Sometimes the degree of difficulty gets the best of him, but it is his vision and capability to execute the tough pass makes Iverson an intriguing prospect.

4. Marcus Lee


No. 9 247Sports/ No. 17 247Composite ranking
6-9, 215-pounds, power forward, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley

Lee, who is headed to Kentucky, is a quality passer anywhere on the court. Whether it is interior passing, kicking the ball out of the low post or making feeds from the high post, Lee is able to deliver an effective pass.

5. Aaron Gordon


No. 5 247Sports/ No. 6 247Composite ranking
6-8, 210-pounds, small forward, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty

An uncommitted prospect, Gordon is primarily known for his athleticism, scoring and rebounding, but he is one of the better passing forwards in the country. He is a willing passer who is athletic enough to create scoring opportunities off his passes.

6. Kennedy Meeks


No. 49 247Sports/ No. 41 247Composite ranking
6-9, 275-pounds, center, Charlotte (N.C.) West

There was a reason Georgetown wanted Meeks so badly. He is a great passing center. Unfortunately for the Hoyas, Meeks went with North Carolina instead. If Meeks commands the double team, he will find the open man.

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