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.

Friday, 09 March 2018 15:26

UCLA Moves Onto Semifinal

holiday a SU030818UCLA (21-10) leaned on their dynamic duo of Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh to beat Stanford (18-15) in another hard-fought game, 88-77, for a semifinal rematch with arch-foe Arizona (25-7).

Holiday led all scorers tying his career-high, with a game-high, 34 points. He also had a game-high eight assists while playing the entire 40 minutes of the contest.

Welsh notched his 17th double-double of the season scoring 18 points and coming down with 11 boards.

“Just really proud of our team,” Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach said. “Super happy for the two guys next to me [Aaron Holiday, Thomas Welsh], because of a lot of pressure on these two.

“They've [Holiday and Welsh] been tremendous with leadership all year long. They had a lot of pressure on them today because we had about five guys going through this for the first time as far as the Pac-12 Tournament goes, having minutes on the floor. Really only got – GG [Goloman] obviously is the third, but these two are the major-minute guys that we've had in a Pac12 Tournament, so they really responded.

“That's what your main guys have got to do, and both those guys responded in a huge way. Aaron, across the board, in everything that he did today, was spectacular. Couldn't be happier for Tom. A thousand rebounds, a thousand points in your career at UCLA, that's special. So very fortunate and very blessed that I get an opportunity to coach two very special players like these two.”

Perhaps the UCLA’s key to victory against the Cardinal was they took care of the basketball. The Bruins tallied 14 assists against only seven turnovers. UCLA will have to do more of the same against Arizona, a team that thrives on scoring easy buckets due to turnovers.

UCLA won the first contest against Arizona, last month in Tucson, 82-74. In that game, the Bruins played with intensity and energy from the opening tip to the final whistle.

Five Bruin players scored in double-figures against the Wildcats last month and as a team, they shot 51.6 percent from the field. Holiday led the Bruins in scoring with 17 points and eight assists. GG Golomon had a career-high 16 points, including three, three-pointers, one was a soul crusher late in the game to essentially put the game on ice. Kris Wilkes was solid scoring 14 points. Thomas Welsh accounted for another double-double scoring 11 points and came down with 12 boards. Jaylen Hands scored 11 points.

Tipoff for the UCLA-Arizona semifinal game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., is scheduled for 6:00 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:44

Andre James Loves the Change

UCLA senior offensive lineman, Andre James has had four offensive coordinators and three offensive line coaches during his four-year span on the Bruin campus. During the first practice of spring, he is lining up at left tackle and loving it. James talks about the change of his number and his position and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:28

Prince Ali Talks Holiday And Tournament

UCLA guard, Prince Ali, met with the Bruin beat media and one of the topics covered was Aaron Holiday and his stamina to play 40 minutes. Ali also talks about the importance of the Pac-12 Tournament and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:02

Aaron Holiday Ready To Go 40

UCLA junior point guard, Aaron Holiday, is something of an ironman for the Bruins. Several times this season, Holiday has played the entire 40 minutes of a contest. He's ready to do so if needed to in the Pac-12 Tournament. Holiday talks about going 40 and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 08 March 2018 02:44

Thomas Welsh Ready For Pac-12 Tourney

UCLA senior big man, Thomas Welsh, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming Pac-12 Tourney and more. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:11

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head hoops coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming Pac-12 tournament and questions on March Madness were also asked. Enjoy!

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