Houma native Randi Brown is living the dream.
Every basketball season, she gets to hop on a plane, fly out to a foreign country and see the world — all while playing the game she loves.
Brown recently signed a professional contract with CODM Basketball — a professional team in the country of Morocco.
Brown’s season hasn’t yet started, but she’s in the African Kingdom getting ready.
She told The Times this week that the chance to compete and play basketball while seeing the world is something that she doesn’t take for granted — opportunities that she cherishes.
“It feels great,” Brown said. “I’m just enjoying the moment and taking it all in. It’s always a blessing to be able to see the world and do what I love doing. So I’m definitely grateful and I thank God for every opportunity he gives me to do so.”
Brown’s earned her spot in the pros by being an elite scorer — something she’s done at all levels.
Brown was historically good at UNO — dominating for four-straight seasons, while collecting several accolades and honors.
Out of college, Brown signed to play in Finland and while there, she was a dominant force, averaging 25 points per game for Hyvinkaan Ponteva. During that tour, she also took the team deep into the playoffs and won several top honors, including All-League.
After her stint in Finland, Brown returned home and polished her game. She said she worked to get bigger, faster, stronger, more polished and more agile.
Brown had a long wait between her first tour and her second, but she said she worked hard to stay patient and focused — knowing that a new opportunity would come.
The phone rang a few weeks ago and the Moroccan opportunity presented itself.
A few days later, she was headed on a plane and off to see the world again.
“It’s not bad. I’m enjoying it here,” Brown said. “The weather is a lot like back home, so that’s something I’ve really been enjoying. I’ve learned that people here speak Arabic as their native language and French as their second language, and I’ve also learned that Morocco is actually a kingdom, and they have a King, instead of a president like us. … It’s been a great experience so far.”
But soon, it’s time for business.
Brown said she and her team has been practicing 2-3 times a day to get ready for the Arabic Championship Tournament from Nov. 3 - 11 — her official debut in the country.
Brown said she believes she’s ready to do now what she’s always done — dominate. She added that this is as good as she’s felt on a basketball floor and she’s embracing the chance to be a point guard, as opposed to a combo guard — a role she’s enjoyed her entire career.
“My goals are to just continue to learn and get better as a player,” Brown said. “I’ll be taking on more of the point guard role on this team, which is very new to me, but it’s an adjustment I’m embracing and I like it so far.”