Randy Holcomb

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Randy Holcomb
Personal information
Born (1979-08-08) August 8, 1979 (age 38)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Lincoln Park (Chicago, Illinois)
College San Diego State (2000–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 2002–2011
Position Forward
Career history
2002 Śląsk Wrocław
2002–2003 Talk 'n Text Phone Pals
2004 Fresno Heatwave
2004 Talk 'n Text Phone Pals
2004 Visalia Dawgs
2004 Apollon Patras
2005 Cocodrilos de Caracas
2005–2006 Gary Steelheads
2006 Chicago Bulls
2006 Gary Steelheads
2006 DKV Joventut
2006–2007 Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa
2007 Atléticos de San Germán
2007–2008 Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa
2008 Alaska Aces
2008–2009 Al-Wasl
2009–2010 Cáceres
2010 Toros de Aragua
2010–2011 Link Tochigi Brex

Randy Alfred Holcomb Jr (born August 8, 1979) is an American businessman and former professional basketball player.

Early life[edit]

Randy Holcomb was born at St. Luke Presbyterian hospital on Chicago's near west side to a middle-class family. He is the oldest of children between his parents, with a younger sister Deborah and his brother Marcus. He spent most of his early life on Chicago's west side with his parents Gloria and Randy Sr., both of whom were Chicago police officers. His mother attended a Baptist church where a young Randy found a love for the drums and eventually started playing at the church. Soon after, Randy Sr. started a rap group composed of three Chicago police officers that travelled the country promoting peace between Police Departments and inter-city citizens. The movement was moderately successful and led to the trio being co-producers of the hit series New York Undercover.

His family moved to Chicago's south side where Randy would get his first taste of organized basketball at St. Thomas More elementary school. Randy's rapid growth led to him taking to the sport in addition to wanting to be like his older cousin Herman Jordan, who was a high school stand out and a playground legend in Chicago.

Business career[edit]

Holcomb founded Alfred's House,[1] a luxury leather goods fashion house inspired by vintage Americana sport.[2] Holcomb also works on urban development projects that bringing national retailers to areas that are blighted (most notably those in Chicago,IL).

In 2015, he partnered to create Global HSA, a sports management company designed to teach athletes how to control their career and prepare them for the life after the sport they retire.

Basketball career[edit]

Holcomb graduated from Lincoln Park High School, where he received All-City and All-State honors. Holcomb attended Fresno State before transferring to San Diego State. Holcomb was named the conference tournament MVP and first team all conference. He was also the first player to be selected in the NBA draft since Michael Cage, being taken by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2nd round (57th pick) of the 2002 NBA Draft.

After being drafted his draft rights were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers with Mark Bryant and John Salmons in exchange for Speedy Claxton, on June 26, 2002.Holcomb signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls on January 5, 2006, and appeared in four games during that season.

Holcomb played with the Libya national basketball team in 2009 under the name Raed Farid Elhamali.[3] [4] [5] In a celebrated game, Libya beat their adversary, Egypt 75-73.[3][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfred's House". Retrieved September 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "About Randy Holcomb". Alfred's House.com. Retrieved September 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Mark Zeigler (October 11, 2013). "From Aztecs star to Libyan hoops hero". Retrieved September 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Raed Farid Elhamali". Basketball Real G.M. Retrieved September 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Libyan Men National Team 2015". AfroBasket.com. Retrieved September 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "2009 FIBA Africa Championship Tournament Details". Basketball Real G.M. 2009. Retrieved September 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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