Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel, the former managing editor of PrepStar magazine, is nationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on college football recruiting. The veteran analyst and reporter was key in first making Blue Chip Illustrated and then PrepStar Magazine a recruiting publication standard.

Kimbrel has written for CBS Sportsline, ESPN.com, CNN-SI, The Sporting News, Athlon's, Lindy's, Football News, and numerous other publications. He has also consulted on All-America teams for Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's. Most recently, Rick was the West Coast Recruiting Editor for Rivals.com, national recruiting consultant for Rivals.com and publisher of BruinBlitz.com.

Rick has been a featured guest on many television shows around the nation including Prime Ticket, Fox Sports, Fox Sports West, CNN, CNN-SI and numerous local and regional stations. Kimbrel is also a highly sought after guest on radio broadcasts from coast-to-coast.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:05

Bruins To Host Utes

Holiday A UKyUCLA (12-4, 3-1) is back at Pauley Pavilion to host Utah (10-5, 2-2) the tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST. While the Bruins split their road trip to the Bay Area, the Utes were swept at home against Arizona and Arizona State.

The Bruins lost in frustrating fashion against Stanford, last week. If UCLA would have hit just one free-throw, they missed their last five straight during regulation, the Bruins would have left the Bay Area with a sweep.

The way the Bruins lost against the Cardinal could have demoralized them, but they came out on fire. After the Bears scored the first deuce, UCLA went on a 13-0 run and ended up blowing out the Bears, 107-84

The Bruins answered the bell in Berkeley the way you would hope they would after the disheartening double-overtime loss to Stanford on Thursday.

When UCLA is playing winning basketball, they will play good defense and their share the ball. Against Cal, the Bruins hit 58.2 percent from the floor, an outstanding 56.7 from beyond the three-point arc and vast improvement at the foul line, hitting 78.8 percent of their free-throws.

UCLA had six players in double figures and probably would have had seven if GG Golomon wasn’t in foul trouble. Golomon scored nine points before fouling out. He also had a game-high three blocked shots.

Aaron Holiday came up big again leading the Bruins in scoring and was second in assists, scoring 21 points and contributing five assists.

Thomas Welsh notched his tenth double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Kris Wilkes scored 16 points, Prince Ali scored 15, and Alex Olesinski had a career-high 14 points.

Jaylen Hands was outstanding off the bench playing a well-round game scoring 11 points, a game-high eight assists, against only one turnover and had a game-high three steals.

Utah lost two tough games at home after beating the two Oregon schools on the road to open Pac-12 play. Winning on the road is tough in conference play, but the Utes so far this season have been an outlier, losing both home games and winning both road games. The Bruins hope they give the Utes their first conference road loss of the season.

The Utes have five players who are averaging scoring in double-figures, so they do a good job sharing the ball.

Senior forward, David Collette (6-10, 220) leads the Utes in scoring averaging 13.6 points per game (ppg), but their offense goes through senior point guard, Justin Bibbins (5-8, 150), who is averaging 13.1 ppg and leads the team in assists, averaging 4.7 assists per game.

Junior guard Sedrick Barefield (6-2, 190) chips in 11.5 ppg and has been shooting the ball well of late. Senior forward, Tyler Rawson (6-10, 225) averages 11.4 ppg and leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 6.3 boards a game. The Utes are glad to get freshman forward, Donnie Tillman (6-7, 225), who returned two games ago against Arizona. Tillman adds 10.2 ppg and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 Dave Pasch doing play-by-play and Bruin great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on your radio dial AM 1150 Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:51

All In The Family For Aaron Holiday

UCLA junior point guard, Aaron Holiday is having an outstanding season. When Holiday needs hoops advise he has to look no further than is very talented family. His two older brothers Justin and Holiday both play in the NBA. The younger Holiday talks about what it is like having two older siblings playing at the highest level in the world. Holiday also talks about the Bruin season thus far and the upcoming Utah game. Enjoy!


Monday, 08 January 2018 14:54

UCLA Gymnastics Beats Ohio State

UCLA Gymnastics Beats Ohio State in Season Opener, 196.250-193.200

Pac-12 Networks Recap/Highlights:https://youtu.be/vIW8TddoPIk

Complete Results:http://www.uclabruins.com/documents/2018/1/6/UCLA_OhioState.pdf

 

No. 6 UCLA shined on bars and floor in its 196.250-193.200 season-opening win over No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday. Kyla Ross, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2017 NCAA bars and beam champion, won the all-around, scoring three 9.9s on her way to a 39.5 total. Christine Peng-Peng Lee picked up where she left off last season, winning uneven bars with a 9.975 and balance beam with a 9.925.

 

The Bruins (1-0) were competing without head coach Valorie Kondos Field, who was ill with the flu, but the team took inspiration from one of her life mottos.

 

"We talked about going out there for Val and how one of her biggest and most important things about life is to allow yourself to be as big and as bold as you can be and perform and have no fear of mistakes," said associate head coach Chris Waller. "I think overall, the team did an amazing job of doing that."

 

UCLA had a slow start to the meet, as two vaulters fell doing 10.0-start value vaults, dropping the Bruins' score to 48.500. Freshman Pauline Tratz in her Bruin debut led the team with a stuck Yurchenko full that scored 9.85 to place first overall. Felicia Hano hit her Yurchenko 1.5 vault for a 9.825 to tie for second place. 

 

The Bruins rebounded on uneven bars in rotation two, scoring 49.300, led by Lee's near-perfect score of 9.975 and Ross' 9.9. JaNay Honest and Nia Dennis contributed 9.825s, and Katelyn Ohashi, in her first uneven bars performance since 2016, scored 9.775.

 

UCLA scored 49.025 on balance beam in the third rotation, with Lee and Ross again leading the way with scores of 9.925 and 9.900, respectively. Grace Glenn made her UCLA debut after redshirting last season with a torn labrum and contributed a 9.725.

 

The final rotation on floor exercise was UCLA's time to shine, and they did just that with a 49.425. Gracie Kramer and Kyla Ross led off with back-to-back career-highs of 9.9 to tie for first place with Ohio State's Alexis Mattern. Ohashi, Hano, and Tratz each scored 9.875.

UCLA will be on the road for the next three weeks. The Bruins will next face Pac-12 foes Stanford, Utah, and Washington at Elevate the Stage in Reno, Nev. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

 

Team Results

1) UCLA 196.250

2) OHST 193.200

 

VAULT Results

1) Pauline Tratz (UCLA) 9.850

2) Olivia Aepli (OHST) 9.825, Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.825

 

BARS Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.975

2) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.900

3) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.825, JaNay Honest (UCLA) 9.825, Alexis Mattern (OHST) 9.825

 

BEAM Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.925

2) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.900

3) Jamie Stone (OHST) 9.800, Jenna Swartzentruber (OHST) 9.800

 

FLOOR Results

1) Gracie Kramer (UCLA) 9.900, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.900, Alexis Mattern (OHST) 9.900

 

ALL-AROUND Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 39.500

2) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 39.050

3) Alexis Mattern (OHST) 38.650, Stefanie Merkle (OHST) 38.650

Sunday, 07 January 2018 15:54

Bruins Bounce Back In A Big Way

Welsh T CalThe Bruins answered the bell in Berkeley the way you would hope they would after the disheartening double-overtime loss to Stanford on Thursday.

After Cal (7-9, 1-2) scored the first bucket, UCLA (12-4, 3-1) went on a 13-0 run and the romp was on with the final score ending up 107-84.

When the Bruins are going well they are good on defense and share the basketball. UCLA did both when it counted. Defensively the Bruins held the Bears to shoot 41.1 percent from the floor and 36.4 from beyond the three-point arc. The Bruins, in contrast, hit 58.2 percent from the floor, an outstanding 56.7 from beyond the three-point arc and vast improvement at the foul line, hitting 78.8 percent from the line.

UCLA had six players in double figures and probably would have had seven if GG Golomon wasn’t in foul trouble. Golomon scored nine points before fouling out. He also had a game-high three blocked shots.

Aaron Holiday came up big again leading the Bruins in scoring and was second in assists, scoring 21 points and contributing five assists.

Thomas Welsh with mask in tow, due to an injury against Stanford, reverted to a more Welsh like game, notching his tenth double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Kris Wilkes scored 16 points, Prince Ali scored 15, and Alex Olesinski had a career-high 14 points.

Jaylen Hands was outstanding off the bench playing a well-round game scoring 11 points, a game-high eight assists, against only one turnover and had a game-high three steals.

The Bears had five players score in double figures and were able to get as close as 11 points in the second-half, based on some hot shooting from freshman forward Justice Sueing, who had a game-high 22 points and senior forward Marcus Lee had a double-double scoring 19 points and a game-high 15 boards.

It’s back to Westwood for the Bruins as they will host Utah in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST. The contest on Thursday is scheduled to be televised nationally by ESPN2. UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on the radio.

Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:05

Bruins Hope To Bounce Back Against Bears

Holiday A Cal 022516How UCLA (11-4, 2-1) responds to their double-overtime loss to Stanford will speak volumes of where they are as a basketball team. Awaiting the Bruins will be Cal (7-8, 1-1), who are coming off a thumping loss to USC, 80-62, so the stage is set for two teams that are coming off losses, the question is what team is going to put the loss behind them and come ready to play.

The Bruins must bounce back at the foul line and have to defend the backdoor at a higher level. How Thomas Welsh responds will be key as well. The Bruin senior big man only logged 23 minutes in the double overtime loss to Stanford.

Aaron Holiday led the Bruins in scoring with 31 points, 29 of which came in the second-half when the rest of the Bruins were struggling.

The Bruins also need to stay out of foul trouble. Three Bruins saw early exits due to fouling out.

Cal is coming into this game after getting blistered on their home floor against USC and they could either come out flat or fired up and play out of their heads. We will see what shows up for Cal.

The Bears are coached by Wyking Jones, who is in his first year on the job. He is originally from Inglewood, Calif., and has had assistant coaching stints at New Mexico, Louisville and Cal before getting the job when Cuonzo Martin vacated from the Cal job to coach Missouri which is closer to his hometown of East St. Louis.

Cal has four players who are averaging in double-figures, led by junior guard, Don Coleman (6-3, 193) who averages 19.1 points per game (ppg). Freshman guard, Darius McNeill (6-3, 175) is next averaging 12.9 ppg, senior forward Marcus Lee (6-11, 225) chips in 12.5 ppg and leads the team in rebounds, averaging 7.9 boards a game. Freshman forward, Justice Sueing (6-7, 209) averages 12.2 ppg and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein handling the play-by-play and Bruin great Don MacLean analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on your radio dial at AM 1150 with Josh Lewin and another UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Friday, 05 January 2018 15:48

Bruins Foul From the Line and Lose

Holiday A USC030916Two things led to the end of UCLA’s four-game winning streak. The Bruins were horrible at the foul-line and the return of Cardinal senior swingman, Dorian Pickens.

By every measure, if UCLA (11-4, 2-1) hit their free-throws, especially during crunch time in the second-half, the outcome would have been different, but the Bruins were a pathetic 6-16 from the line during the second stanza. That poor foul shooting led directly to the double overtime 107-99 loss, to Stanford (7-8, 1-1).

Pickens, in his second game since his return from a foot injury, registered a double-double scoring a team-high 26 points and came down with 10 rebounds, but it was his clutch 6-11 from beyond the arc that was particularly deadly to the Bruins.

Aaron Holiday tried to put the team on his back but had to play much of the time without his running mate, Thomas Welsh who missed much of the first with a gash to the nose. Welsh wasn’t as effective on the offensive end because he was wearing a protective mask.

Holiday scored 31 points, 29 of which were in the second-half, but in the end, UCLA’s foul shooting that did them in.

“It was just atrocious foul shooting, second half in particular, and atrocious defense,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I thought we defended in the first half, our efficiency at halftime was 95. In the second half, it was 135. You're not going to win road games defending like that.

“I told them that you might have nights where the free throw doesn't go in, but the tenacity and the nastiness were not there in the second half. This team has to learn that's where you win games.

“We're not the super over-talented offensive team that we were a year ago, so we can't just rely on offense. I think our offensive efficiency was high again tonight. We scored enough – we did enough offensively, even with the bad foul shooting. But, we just didn't get any stops in the second half.

“We were up 12 with eight, nine minutes to go. It was Michigan revisited. We couldn't close it out, and we have to figure that out. Now we turn around and have to go try again at Cal.”

The Bruins will be going for the split when head to the East Bay to take on Cal (7-8, 1-1), Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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