|Intro||Professional basketball player|
|A.K.A.||Randy Alfred Holcomb|
United States of America
|Birth||8 August 1979, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A.|
Randy Alfred Holcomb Jr (born August 8, 1979) is an American businessman and former professional basketball player.
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.
Holcomb founded Alfred’s House, a luxury leather goods fashion house inspired by vintage Americana sport. 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.
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. In a celebrated game, Libya beat their adversary, Egypt 75-73.