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.

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WELSH, HOLIDAY CAPTURE USBWA ALL-DISTRICT IX HONORS

Two Bruins among 10 players on this season’s All-District IX team

 

Senior center Thomas Welsh and junior guard Aaron Holiday of the UCLA men’s basketball team have been named All-District IX selections by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), as announced on Tuesday.

 

Welsh and Holiday have been instrumental in the Bruins’ success this season, helping UCLA secure the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament after having gone 20-10 overall in 30 regular-season games.

 

Holiday, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, has averaged 20.1 points and 5.8 assists per game for the Bruins. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring, ranks second in assists, first in minutes per game (37.3) and third in three-point field goal percentage (43.9). Holiday was named a third-team All-America selection by Sporting News on Monday.

 

Welsh, a second-team All-Pac-12 selection, has totaled a team-high 16 double-doubles in 30 games. He has registered 12.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, starting all 30 games for UCLA. Welsh has shot 48.4 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point territory after having only attempted one three-point shot prior to his senior season.

 

Holiday has already approached rare statistical territory in the Pac-12 Conference. Since the league began to consistently record assists in 1983-84, only five players have logged at least 20 points and five assists per game over the course of a full season. Holiday is currently on pace to become the sixth player to accomplish that feat.

 

In addition, UCLA has not had a player average at least 20 points per game since Ed O’Bannon logged 20.4 points per game as a senior in 1994-95.

 

Joining Welsh and Holiday on the All-District IX Team include Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier of Arizona, Tra Holder of Arizona State, Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s, Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin of USC, Reid Travis of Stanford and Johnathan Williams of Gonzaga.

 

Ayton was named as the District IX Player of the Year, while Gonzaga’s Mark Few was selected as the district’s Coach of the Year.

Seeded No. 4 in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Bruins will return to action against either No. 5-seed Stanford or No. 12-seed California on Thursday, March 8. Game time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is 2:30 p.m. (PT).

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 19:45

Chip Kelly Meets the Press

The Chip Kelly era has begun and UCLA fans are fired up. Kelly met with the Bruin beat media before the first spring practice and the following is what transpired. Enjoy!


Sunday, 04 March 2018 15:39

Bruins Sack Troy, Again

Holiday A USC030318UCLA (20-10, 11-7) hanging on the edge of the bubble, did what they had to do, and kept their hopes alive for a bid in the NCAA tournament, by conquering Troy for the second time this season, securing a sweep over USC (21-11, 12-6) with a double-digit victory, 83-72.

The game, however, was closer than the final outcome. The lead changed hands 10 times. Similar to the first game between these two rivals, the Trojans led in the contest for the majority time logging 26:39 minutes and seconds of the clock. The Bruins led for only 8:05 and the game were tied for 1:47.

Without the services of freshman, Jaylen Hands, the shorthanded Bruins, relied on the stellar play of junior point guard, Aaron Holiday, who put the team on his back and willed the Bruins to victory.

Holiday, who has been superb all season long, saved the best for last, scoring a career-high and game-high, 34 points. He also had a game-high seven assists while playing the entire 40 minutes.

What can be said about Holiday’s performance this season, if he doesn’t win Pac-12 Player of the Year then something is definitely wrong. Not only is Holiday the team’s lead scorer, assist man, and minutes played, plus he takes on the opposing team’s best backcourt scorer on defense.

The only other Bruin to score in double-figures was true freshman guard, Kris Wilkes who dropped in 22 points.

The Bruins shot 50.8 percent from the floor, 48.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the foul line.

UCLA’s defense was much better this game than they have been recently. The Bruins held the Trojans to shooting 40 percent from the floor. An icy 26 percent from the three, but USC did a good job from the charity stripe hitting 78.9 percent of their foul shots.

All in all, it was an impressive victory for the Bruins who were down by 10 in the second-half and found the temerity to go on an 18-3 run to take control of the game.

UCLA’s win allows the Bruins to get some much-needed rest and a first-round bye in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament. UCLA will head to Las Vegas to play either Stanford or Cal in the second-round.

Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 PM PST on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 02:24

Thomas Welsh One More Time

UCLA senior big, Thomas Welsh, will line up for the last time against USC in a regular season contest. Welsh talks about SC and more. Enjoy!


Saturday, 03 March 2018 17:05

Aaron Holiday Meets the Press

UCLA junior point guard, Aaron Holiday, met with the Bruin beat media to talk about the coming USC game. The Bruins will need the same type of effort that Holiday displayed last time around against the Trojans if the Bruins have any chance to win.


Saturday, 03 March 2018 16:51

Bruins To Take On Trojans

Holiday A USC030916A season that has had its share of highs and some lows for UCLA (19-10, 10-7) is approaching its regular season end. It is fitting that the Bruins take on USC (21-9, 12-5) with much at stake. The Bruins must win and have a strong showing in the Pac-12 tournament if they are to have any chance at making the tournament.

Winning could be a tall order for the inconsistent Bruins. UCLA is currently on a two-game losing streak while the Trojans currently hold a four-game winning streak including a sweep over the mountain schools [Utah and CU], the same two schools that swept the Bruins.

The Trojans have a solid grip on second-place in conference, and that assures them of a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Bruins are currently tied for third-place with Washington, Utah, and Stanford. Two out of the above four schools will also earn a bye.

For the Bruins, it is a must win and it won’t be easy. It is going to be senior night for the Trojans. USC will be honoring their outstanding point guard, Jordan McLaughlin, sharpshooter Elijah Stewart, and Kurt Karis.

The last time these two teams played on Feb. 3, it was a very emotional, back and forth contest. The lead changed hands, 18 times.

The Trojans led in the game for 25:56. It was tied for 5:13 and the Bruins for only 8:51, but UCLA led when it counted most 82-79 when the clock clicked its last second. USC saw their six-game winning streak come to a heartbreaking end.

The Bruins will need their outstanding point guard Aaron Holiday to come up with the same type of effort he did the last time the two teams met. Holiday played the entire 40 minutes while garnering game highs for points (23) and assists (nine).

Thomas Welsh was also key in the Bruin victory, scoring 21 points including a huge three in the decisive closing minutes and hitting two clutch free throws to give the Bruins some breathing room in the waning moments of the game.

Kris Wilkes also hit some big threes and scored 13 points, but you don’t win a game like this one on offense alone. The Bruins came up big defensively when they needed it most.

Tipoff at Galen Center is scheduled for 7:20 PM PST and will be televised by ESPN with Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play and Bruin great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on AM 570 with Josh Lewin handling the play-by-play and another all-time UCLA great Tracy Murray in the analyst chair.