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.

UCLA Gymnastics Scores Season-High to Defeat Oregon State, 198.075-196.525

Highlights: Katelyn Ohashi Perfect 10 on Floor

Pac-12 Recap

 

Los Angeles -Showtime hit Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, as No. 3-ranked UCLA put on a clinic on balance beam and floor exercise en route to a season-high total of 198.075 in a dual meet win over No. 8 Oregon State, who scored 196.525. The Bruins tied their school record on balance beam with a 49.725 and posted the third-highest floor exercise total in school history with a 49.775.

UCLA (10-2, 4-1 in the Pac-12) flirted with perfection all meet, with four scores of 9.975 by Kyla Ross on bars, Katelyn Ohashi and Christine Peng-Peng Lee on beam and Nia Dennis on floor. The very last competitor, however, could not be denied. Ohashi tumbled, danced and moonwalked her way to a perfect score on floor exercise, her second 10 of the season. The score pushed UCLA past the 198 barrier for the first time this season.

The 198 did not come easy, however, as UCLA started the meet with a below average 49.125 on vault. Ross and Napualani Hall had the Bruins’ top marks with 9.875s, which tied them for first place, but Oregon State (4-3, 3-3) held the lead after one rotation by scoring 49.150 on uneven bars.

The Bruins rallied in rotation two, scoring 49.45 on uneven bars. Dennis led off with a 9.9, her third-straight 9.9 or higher score on that event. Competing for the first time ever on uneven bars, redshirt freshman Anna Glenn turned in a 9.875, which was matched by Lee before Ross hit the first of four UCLA 9.975s. Oregon State, meanwhile scored 49.0 on vault, falling behind the Bruins by 0.425.

Balance beam got off to a shaky start when leadoff performer Brielle Nguyen suffered a rare fall, but her teammates nullified that score with killer routines. Madison Kocian followed her with a 9.875, then it was 9.95s and 9.975s across the board the rest of the way, with Grace Glenn tying her career-high with a 9.95, Ohashi hitting a season-high 9.975, Ross scoring 9.95 and Lee going 9.975 for a 49.725. The score tied the school record that was set on Feb. 16, 2003, at Arizona State.

“It was exciting to see them rally after Brielle fell on balance beam, and it was exciting to see her rally and not give anything away once she did fall,” said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. “She kept performing, she was beautiful, she was dialed-in, and that was super important for her team to be able to follow her.”

Floor exercise was more of the same, as Kocian debuted her new floor exercise routine for a 9.9. Gracie Kramer nailed a career-high 9.95, and Ross matched her career-high with a 9.9. Dennis, who had been struggling with her Arabian double front first pass, changed it this week in training to a piked full-in, and the change paid off with a career-high 9.975. Felicia Hano followed with a 9.95, setting up Ohashi for her perfect score and for a national season-high team score of 49.775.      

“They were on a mission, and you could see it as they were preparing, not just on the floor; you could see it as they were walking, getting their mind in the game,” said Kondos Field. “That’s what we’re going to need to be able to win out the rest of the season.”

The Bruins will next travel to Nebraska to compete in the Masters Classic on Sunday, Mar. 4 against the Huskers, Iowa State, and Kent State.

Team Results

1) UCLA 198.075

2) Oregon St 196.525

 

VAULT Results

1) Napualani Hall (UCLA) 9.875, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.875

3) Destinee Davis (Oregon St) 9.850

 

BARS Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.975

2) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.900

3) Anna Glenn (UCLA) 9.875, Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.875

 

BEAM Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.975, Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.975

3) Grace Glenn (UCLA) 9.950, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.950

 

FLOOR Results

1) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 10.000

2) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.975

3) Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.950, Gracie Kramer (UCLA) 9.950

 

All-Around Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 39.700

2) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 39.575

3) McKenna Singley (Oregon St) 39.250

Monday, 26 February 2018 15:25

Bruins Swept In the Mountains

Wilkes K CU022518UCLA (19-10, 10-7) just didn’t play well enough on this road trip losing 80-76 to Colorado (16-13, 8-9) and were swept by the two mountain schools.

It wasn’t that the Bruins played horribly, but they did the kind of things that have hurt them all season long when they lose.

UCLA battled back to make a game of it 52-52 after trailing by 10 with half a game to go. Then four next four minutes-plus, the Bruins fell apart and let the Buffs go on a 17-1 run. This was too much for the Bruins overcome.

The Bruins once again battled back to make CU fans a bit nervous but never were able to close to a four-point deficit.

The stat line was pretty even between the two teams. Except for one glaring difference. UCLA shot 41.5 from the floor while CU shot 41.4. From the three the Bruins shot 45.2 and the Buffs shot 46.7. From the foul line UCLA shot 66.7 and Colorado shot 72 percent, but here is the glaring difference. The Buffs made 18 out of 25 free throws while the Bruins were eight out of 12. The Buffs had more than double the attempts and in a four-point game that made all the difference.

The Buffs were also able to take advantage of Bruin turnovers scoring 18 points off 11 UCLA turnovers. In contrast, the Bruins scored only eight points off 10 CU turnovers.

Five Buffs scored in double-figures led by Damion Collier’s team-high 19 points. George King scored 16, Lucas Siewert had 15 points, Namon Wright added 11, and McKinley Wright scored 10.

The Bruins had three players score in double-figures, including Aaron Holiday’s game-high 21 points. Kris Wilkes chipped in 20 and Prince Ali scored 11 off the bench.

Now the Bruins will head cross town to Galen Center to play red-hot USC (21-9, 12-5) and close out the regular-season. The Trojans just swept the two mountain schools and are looking really good to make the postseason NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM PST and will be televised on ESPN.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 15:01

Bruins Head Boulder

Holiday A WSU010416UCLA (19-9, 10-6) will try to get that all evasive 20th win when they tipoff against Colorado (15-13, 7-9) at 1:00 PM PST in the thin air of Boulder. This will not be an easy task for the Bruins, who already lost to the Buffs in Pauley Pavilion giving CU their only road conference victory of the season.

At home, the Buffs are an entirely different basketball team. Their home record is 11-3 while on the road CU is 1-9 during conference play.

The Bruins cannot come out of the box the way they did when they played the Buffs at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins came out flat offensively and the Buffs played outstanding defense to make matters worse.

In the first game, CU held UCLA to shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and a putrid 44.4 percent from the line. Usually when UCLA loses they don’t get the job done from the line and are sloppy with the basketball. The first time around against CU, the Bruins probably played their worst game of the year, both offensively and defensively.

The CU loss earlier in the season came at a time when it looked like the Bruins had figured things out and were playing their best basketball of the season. UCLA was coming off arguably their best game of the season defeating Utah two days earlier. After being drubbed by CU in January, the Bruins then went on the road and were swept by the two Oregon schools.

The Bruins can’t let senior guard George King have the kind of game he had in Pauley Pavilion when they had no clue how to stop him. King had a game-high 26 points, was blistering hot from beyond the three-point arc hitting 6-10 from the three and had a game-high 10 boards to earn a double-double.

After getting beat by USC on Wednesday, the Buffs are on a three-game losing streak making them even more dangerous.

Against Utah on Thursday, UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10. The Bruins have come up with their A-game or will have to beat red-hot USC, who swept the mountain schools on the road, at the Galen Center next Saturday to claim their 20th victory.

The CU game is huge.

The game will be televised on ESPNU at 1:00 PM PST with Roxy Bernstein handling the play-by-play and Corey Williams analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on the Bruin flagship station AM 57 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray behind the mics.

Friday, 23 February 2018 15:24

UCLA Loses To Utah

Holiday A UU022218Utah (18-9, 10-6) extended their winning streak to five games by beating UCLA (19-9, 10-6) in a hard-fought, 84-78 victory. The Utes were able to hold on denying a heroic Bruin comeback in the second-half.

While trading by 14 points the Bruins were able to make things as close as one point, but a huge three by Utah guard Parker Van Dyke pushed the Utes up by four and the Bruins couldn’t quite climb the mountain.

When the Bruins lose close ones it is always the same things that add to their demise. Not hitting free throws, key turnovers and lapses on defense are usually culprits in a Bruin defeat.

UCLA had a long lapse in the first-half and the beginning of the second-half that led to that 14-point deficit that led ultimately to the Bruin defeat.

“We just didn’t defend in the first half, like we’ve got to defend,” Steve Alford said. “I thought that we were better defensively in the second half. Offensively, I liked how we attacked their zone. I thought that we got some good looks and did a good job in a lot of different areas. We just had a stretch there in the first half where we were not very good, defensively.

“Not very good during that stretch. That’s a stretch in the game where I didn’t like anything about our defense. We have to got to figure out why, and we’ve talked about it. We have talked about it, very consistently throughout the year, that 30 to 32 minutes, we have the ability to defend at a high level. But it’s those eight minutes that always get us. It got us again. It got us at Arizona State, and then it got us again today.”

The Utes had excellent ball movement and offensive flow. Utah had four players that scored in double-figures. Led by David Collette, who was a perfect 9-9 from the floor and scored a team-high 21 points. Van Dyke scored 18 points, Justin Bibbins notched a double-double scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists. Tyler Rawson contributed 12 points.

UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10.

The Bruins have two games left on their slate for this season. Next up will be Colorado in Boulder. Tipoff is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1:00 PM PST. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 23:51

Kris Wilkes Meets the Press

UCLA true frosh guard, Kris Wilkes, met with the press to talk about the coming road trip. Wilkes talks about playing in elevation and more. Enjoy!


Thursday, 22 February 2018 15:21

Bruins Ready To Take On Utes

Holiday A USC020416When UCLA (19-8, 10-5) and Utah (17-9, 9-6) tipoff at approximately 6:05 PM PST, it will be a contest against two of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 Conference.

The Utes have won four straight games including their second sweep on the road against to the two Washington schools. Utah’s sweep was their second on the road this season and the Utes are the only Pac-12 team to accomplish this feat.

The Bruins have won six out of seven. UCLA’s only loss during that span was to Arizona State on the road after the huge win against Pac-12 front-runner, Arizona.

To set up this all-important road trip the Bruins swept the two Oregon schools and closed the homestand with a thrilling overtime victory over the Ducks. UCLA almost let that game slip away letting the Ducks back in a game after having a commanding lead.

If the Oregon game said anything about the Bruins, is they are a different team when Aaron Holiday is on the bench. UCLA fell apart when the star junior point guard was forced to the bench due to foul trouble. It was during that time the Ducks were able to get back into the game.

Holiday and Thomas Welsh led the way for the Bruins. Holiday led all scorers with 29 points. Welsh recorded his 16th double-double of the season scoring 14 points, including a huge three-pointer, which would ultimately be his last made shot on Pauley Pavilion as a Bruin. Welsh also had 14 boards. Kris Wilkes went for 19 points and Prince Ali was solid off the bench adding 11 to help the Bruins get the win.

When the Bruins and the Utes last met, the Bruins played one of their best games of the season, especially in the second-half. Holiday led the Bruins scoring 20 points, Wilkes added 19 points and Ali chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds.

The key for the Bruins - they shot 52 percent (12-of-23) from 3-point range defeating Utah 83-64. UCLA led at halftime, 41-33, and never saw its cushion fall to any fewer than eight points in the second half.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch handling the play-by-play and his partner will be UCLA all-time great, Bill Walton who will analyze the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on AM 1150 Radio with Josh Lewin and another Bruin great UCLA Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.