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, 08 February 2013 20:25

Javan Torre makes National Team

Torre Named to U.S. U-20 National Team Roster 
UCLA defender will compete for U.S. U-20's at CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Chicago, Ill. - UCLA freshman defender Javan Torre has been named to the 18-man U.S. U-20 National Team roster that will travel to Puebla, Mexico to compete in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Feb. 18-March 3.

Torre, a native of Santa Monica, Calif., played in 12 matches for the Bruins in 2012, making five starts and helping the team earn six shutouts. He made the final 18-man roster after training with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in Sunrise, Fla. back in December. Torre previously played for the U.S. U-20's at the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain last fall, playing in all three matches and recording an assist. He has also seen time with the U.S. U-18 National Team, participating in the 2011 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland and helping the team to a third-place finish.

The U.S. is looking to qualify for its 13th FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place from June 21-July 13 in Turkey later this year. The top four teams from the CONCACAF U-20 Championship advance to the U-20 World Cup. The U.S. is grouped with Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A and opens the tournament against Haiti on Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m. PT. The match will be played at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla.

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Roster by Position

Goalkeepers (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)

Defenders (5): Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)

Midfielders (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

Forwards (5): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:13

UCLA Gymnastic Team Plays Host

No. 4 UCLA Hosts Power of Pink Meet Sunday

Bruins compete against Washington, UC Davis, Sacramento State in Pauley Pavilion.

 

UCLA Returns Home for Quad Meet

Fourth-ranked UCLA (4-0) hosts 25th-ranked Washington (4-5), UC Davis (6-5) and Sacramento State (2-5) on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2pm in Pauley Pavilion.  

 

Tickets

Tickets for the meet are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office and at Ticketmaster for $12 reserved/$8 GA (adults) and $10 reserved/$5 GA for youth (16 and under). UCLA students are free with ID. Fans who purchase general admission tickets online to this or any remaining home meet by midnight Saturday will receive a special discounted price of $2. Visit uclabruins.com/tickets to buy now.      

 

Live Coverage

Sunday's quad meet will be internet broadcast live on pac-12.com. Live stats and an audio broadcast can be found atuclabruins.com. Follow @uclagymnastics on Twitter for in-meet updates.       

 

Fan-Friendly Format Change

For the first time, UCLA will host a quad meet during which all routines will be performed one-at-a-time rather than having all events run simultaneously. This is being done in an effort to allow fans to see all routines. As such, the meet is expected to run half an hour longer than a regular dual meet.

 

Power of Pink

The Bruins will be supporting and promoting breast cancer awareness at this meet by wearing new pink-accented leotards. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the meet, and the first 400 fans in attendance will receive a pink UCLA Gymnastics t-shirt. Additionally, pink pom poms will be available to the first 500 fans.

 

In The Rankings

UCLA remained at No. 4 in the national rankings with a season average of 196.719. The Bruins rank No. 1 on floor, No. 6 on uneven bars and balance beam, and No. 7 on vault.

Vanessa Zamarripa ranks No. 1 in the nation on balance beam (9.9) and floor exercise (9.95), No. 2 in the all-around (39.608), No. 7 on vault (9.9) and No. 13 on uneven bars (9.863). Olivia Courtney ranks No. 11 on floor (9.888), No. 19 on vault (9.881) and No. 21 in the all-around (39.225). Two Bruin freshmen rank in the Top 25 on beam - No. 6 Danusia Francis (9.881) and No. 25 Sophina DeJesus (9.838). Alyssa Pritchett ranks No. 8 on floor (9.894).   

 

Last Time Out

Senior Vanessa Zamarripa scored her seventh career perfect 10 on vault to help lead No. 4 UCLA to a 196.925-196.200 victory at No. 11 Stanford on Saturday. Zamarripa won the all-around with a season-high-tying score of 39.675 and also won the vault and floor exercise. Freshman Danusia Francis won the balance beam with a career-high-tying 9.925. The Bruins trailed after one rotation but grabbed the lead in rotation two on the strength of Zamarripa's 10.0 and maintained it with solid performances on floor and beam. 

About The Opponents

 

Washington is the Bruins' highest-ranked competitor in the quad meet, checking in at No. 25. The Huskies scored a season-high 196.025 in their last meet to upset Arizona. UC Davis also hit a season-high last weekend, earning 194.125 in a win over Seattle-Pacific. Sacramento State's season-high is 194.500, and sophomore Kalliah McCartney holds a season average of 39.169 in the all-around.   

 

Zamarripa, Francis Earn Pac-12 Honors

Vanessa Zamarripa earned her third Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award this season, while Danusia Francis received her first-ever Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor after their standout performances in the win at Stanford. Zamarripa scored her seventh career perfect 10 on vault and won the all-around with a season-high-tying 39.675. She also won the floor exercise with a 9.925 and placed second on uneven bars (9.85) and balance beam (9.9). Zamarripa's perfect 10 was the first 10 in the nation this season on vault and only the second 10 on any apparatus thus far. Francis won the balance beam for the third consecutive meet, scoring 9.925 at Stanford to tie her career-best. She ranks sixth in the nation on beam with an average of 9.881 and has Top 3 finishes on beam in all four meets

 

UCLA to Host 2013 NCAA Championships

UCLA will host the 2013 NCAA Championships in Pauley Pavilion on Apr. 19-21. This will be UCLA's fourth time hosting the NCAAs. The Bruins won the national title the last time they hosted in 2004, scoring an NCAA record 198.125. UCLA also previously hosted in 1998 and 1984. Tickets for the Championships are on sale now atuclabruins.com/tickets

Friday, 08 February 2013 16:34

Goodman flies UCLA's way

The Bruins did an outstanding job on the recruiting trail filling areas of need. No one would have to tell UCLA fans that with the graduation of three starters in the defensive backfield that the secondary had to be addressed. UCLA was able to land one of the best defensive backs on the country in Tahaan Goodman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:14

Two Bruin Gymnasts Honored

UCLA Gymnasts Zamarripa, Francis Honored by Pac-12

Zamarripa wins Gymnast of the Week, Francis Freshman/Newcomer of the Week.

 

UCLA senior Vanessa Zamarripa earned her third Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award this season, while Bruin freshman Danusia Francis received her first-ever Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor.

 

Zamarripa had another dominating performance in the Bruins' 196.925-196.200 win at 11th-ranked Stanford, scoring her seventh career perfect 10 on vault and winning the all-around with a season-high-tying 39.675. She also won the floor exercise with a 9.925 and placed second on uneven bars (9.85) and balance beam (9.9). Zamarripa's perfect 10 was the first 10 in the nation this season on vault and only the second 10 on any apparatus thus far.

 

With her two event victories this weekend, Zamarripa has now placed first on nine of 14 routines this season, and she also has won the all-around in each of the three meets in which she has competed all four events. She currently ranks first in the nation on balance beam and floor exercise, second in the all-around, seventh on vault and 13th on uneven bars.

 

Francis won the balance beam for the third consecutive meet, scoring 9.925 at Stanford to tie her career-best. She ranks sixth in the nation on beam with an average of 9.881 that ranks second on the squad behind national-leader Zamarripa. Francis has Top 3 finishes on beam in all four meets and has hit all eight of her routines on the year.

This is Zamarripa's third Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award in five weeks and her conference-record eighth in her career. It is also UCLA's 44th all-time. Francis' Freshman of the Week Award is the third by a Bruin this year.

 

Utah's Tory Wilson earned Special Performance of the Week honors. UCLA competes at home on Sunday against Washington, UC Davis and Sacramento State at 2 pm.

 

Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Briana Gades, ASU; Serena Leong, CAL; Makayla Stambaugh, OSU; Ivana Hong, STAN; Lauren Rogers, WASH

Special Performance of the Week: Dallas Crawford, CAL; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Pauline Hanset, STAN; Danusia Francis, UCLA; Sheridan Metcalf, WASH

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Lexi Mills, ARIZ; Serena Leong, CAL; Hailey Gaspar, OSU; Melissa Chuang, STAN; Breanna Hughes, UTAH; Allison Northey, WASH

2013 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 8: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 15: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 22: Georgia Dabritz, Utah; Jan. 29: Ashley Morgan, Stanford; Feb. 5: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA

2013 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week

Jan. 8: Nicole Dayton, Stanford; Jan. 15: Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Jan. 22: Tory Wilson, Utah; Jan. 29: Natasha Sundby, Arizona State; Feb. 5: Tory Wilson, Utah

2013 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week

Jan. 8: Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Jan. 15: Hailey Gaspar, Oregon State; Jan. 22: Shelby Edwards, Arizona; Jan. 29: Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Feb. 5: Danusia Francis, UCLA

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 03:35

Bruins prepare for UDub

UCLA BASKETBALL PREPARES TO HOST WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Bruins’ home contest versus Washington to be televised on ESPN

 

LOS ANGELES – UCLA returns to action against Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12) in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 7. Game time is 6 p.m. The Bruins’ game will be nationally televised on ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton calling the action. Last season, UCLA (16-6, 6-3) split a pair of regular-season meetings against the Huskies.

 

GAME INFORMATION

Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)

Tip-Off Time: 6:05 p.m. PT

Television: ESPN

TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)

Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)

Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)

SIRIUS Satellite Radio: TBD

SIRIUS XM Radio: TBD

 

LEADING THE WAY

Freshman Shabazz Muhammad leads UCLA with 18.4 points per game, the second-highest scoring average among all Pac-12 players. Freshman Kyle Anderson has logged six double-doubles this season and is averaging 9.4 ppg and a team-leading 9.0 rpg. Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.4 ppg and leads UCLA with a 53.0 field goal percentage (107-202). Freshman Jordan Adams is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.2 ppg.

 

HONORING DON BARKSDALE

The late Don Barksdale will have his No. 11 jersey retired at halftime during Thursday’s game against Washington. Barksdale is one of three former UCLA stars to be honored with a jersey retirement this season – Jamaal Wilkes’ No. 52 was retired Jan. 17, and Reggie Miller’s No. 31 jersey was retired Jan. 30. Barksdale was the first African-American to earn All-America honors at UCLA (1947) and the first to capture an Olympic basketball gold medal (1948).

 

FRESHMAN CANDIDATES

Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list. UCLA is the only program to have at least three freshmen selected to the award’s midseason watch list. Michigan and UCLA are the only teams with at least two players on the watch list, as released by the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association on Jan. 31.

 

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

UCLA has gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season (team must be ranked on day of game) and has posted a 2-0 mark against top-10 ranked opponents. This marks the fourth season in Ben Howland’s 10-year tenure as UCLA’s head coach that the Bruins have earned two wins against top-10 teams – UCLA downed No. 7 Missouri (97-94, overtime) on Dec. 28 and knocked off No. 6 Arizona (84-73) on Jan. 24.

 

20-PLUS POINTS

Shabazz Muhammad recorded his ninth game with at least 20 points, totaling a team-best 22 points in UCLA’s 75-71 overtime loss to USC on Jan. 30. UCLA has gone 8-1 this season when Muhammad has scored at least 20 points. The freshman from Las Vegas scored a season-high 27 points in consecutive games in December – in victories over Fresno State (Dec. 22) and then-No. 7 Missouri (Dec. 28).

 

VERSATILE FRESHMAN

Not only has Kyle Anderson logged six double-doubles, but the freshman from Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12 Conference’s only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 9.0 rpg) and assists (7th, 3.6). Anderson is averaging 9.4 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the third-best mark among Pac-12 players. He is sixth in the conference in steals per game, having registered 38 steals in 22 contests (1.7 spg).

 

YOUNG SUCCESS

UCLA’s trio of freshman starters – Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad – have accounted for 52.7 percent of the Bruins’ total points (891 of 1690) and for 45.0 percent of the team’s total rebounds (378 of 840). These freshmen account for three of UCLA’s top four scorers. Kyle Anderson’s team-leading 199 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in nine games, while Adams has scored at least 20 points in seven games.

 

TOP PERFORMER

Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.4 ppg and has logged 5.7 rpg, the second-highest rebounding average on the team. He has scored in double figures in 14 of 22 games this season. In UCLA’s last game (vs. USC, Jan. 30), Wear scored 16 points after having missed the Bruins’ previous game with a concussion (at ASU, Jan. 26). He leads all UCLA players in field goal percentage (53.0 percent, 107-202 FGs).

 

GIVING AN ASSIST

Through games played Sunday, Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.9) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (8.0). He has logged at least eight assists in 15 of 22 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 18 of 22 games. Drew II has totaled 175 assists and 36 turnovers in 22 games while averaging 6.3 points per game. He has totaled more assists (175) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison had 199 in 2006-07.

 

DON’T BE OFFENDED

UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs in scoring average, having registered 76.8 points per game (the 25th highest scoring average in the nation). In addition, UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin among Pac-12 programs, having outscored the opposition by an average of 7.6 points per game. The Bruins are second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.5 percent, No. 42 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.3 apg, No. 7 in nation).

 

20-POINT TANDEMS

Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (20 pts) became UCLA’s first-ever freshman trio to log at least 20 points each in the same game on Dec. 22, 2012, helping lead UCLA past Fresno State, 91-78. Muhammad has twice scored 27 points this season, and Adams logged 26 against UC Irvine (Nov. 13).

 

PROTECTING THE BALL

UCLA enters Thursday night’s contest against Washington having compiled a 1.56 assist turnover ratio, the highest ratio in 10 seasons under head coach Ben Howland. UCLA’s 2008-09 squad posted a 1.23 ratio and last year’s team logged a 1.20 ratio. Senior guard Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.86). The Bruins have had just one game this season (Nov. 20, vs. Georgia in Brooklyn, N.Y.) with more turnovers than assists.

 

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA’s only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.

 

CLOSE CALLS

The Bruins have gone 6-2 in games decided by five points or fewer. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime (Dec. 28). Other victories have come against Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53, Jan. 10), Texas (65-63, Dec. 8), Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime, Nov. 13). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 54-33 record in games decided by five points or fewer.

 

INJURY REPORT

Junior Travis Wear missed the second half of UCLA’s game at Arizona (Jan. 24) and all of the game at Arizona State (Jan. 26) with a concussion. He returned to the starting lineup for UCLA’s contest against USC (Jan. 30). Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained the injury on Oct. 26, 2012).

 

Sunday, 03 February 2013 16:04

UCLA Gymnast Honored

DeJesus Wins Second Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Award

Bruin freshman placed first or second in all three events at ASU.

 

For the second time this season, UCLA freshman Sophina DeJesus (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week. DeJesus placed first or second on all three events in which she competed, helping lead UCLA to a 196.375-195.6 victory at Arizona State and a 3-0 record to start the season. DeJesus tied for first place on balance beam with a career-high mark of 9.875 and also set a new career-high on floor exercise, where she tied for second place.

 

Additionally, she tied for second on uneven bars with a 9.8. DeJesus had the highest composite score in the meet (no one competed all-around), totaling 29.55 points. This is DeJesus' second Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week award and UCLA's second all-time.

 

Stanford senior Ashley Morgan was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week, and Arizona State's Natasha Sundby earned Special Performance of the Week honors.

 

The Bruins and the Cardinal face off this week as UCLA travels to Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 4 pm PT. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.

 

Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Jordan Williams, ARIZ; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Corrie Lothrop, UTAH; Lauren Rogers, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Stephanie McGregor, OSU; Samantha Shapiro, STAN; Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Tory Wilson, UTAH; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.

 

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Melissa Chuang, STAN; Breanna Hughes, UTAH; Allison Northey, WASH.

 

2013 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 8: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 15: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 22: Georgia Dabritz, Utah; Jan. 29: Ashley Morgan, Stanford

 

2013 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week

Jan. 8: Nicole Dayton, Stanford; Jan. 15: Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Jan. 22: Tory Wilson, Utah; Jan. 29: Natasha Sundby, Arizona State

 

2013 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week

Jan. 8: Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Jan. 15: Hailey Gaspar, Oregon State; Jan. 22: Shelby Edwards, Arizona; Jan. 29: Sophina DeJesus, UCLA