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.

Tucson, Ariz. - No. 4 UCLA showcased its depth with a strong showing at Arizona, defeating the No. 17 Wildcats 197.300-195.750.


Competing 13 gymnasts, along with three others who had strong performances in exhibition, the Bruins totaled 11 career-high scores and had an event winner in all four events. Katelyn Ohashi won the all-around with a career-high 39.45, scoring a career-best 9.875 on vault and season-highs of 9.9 on bars and 9.95 on beam.


Felicia Hano competed all-around for the first time in her Bruin career and contributed a career-high 38.65, contributing career-highs of 9.9 on vault and floor and 9.825 on beam. Her 9.9 on vault was good for first place, and she also tied for first on floor with Pauline Tratz and team.


UCLA (5-0) led from start to finish, scoring 49.25 on bars, 49.3 on vault, 49.225 on floor and saving the best for last with a national-best 49.525 on beam. The Bruins scored three 9.95s, from redshirt freshman Grace Glenn, Ohashi and Christine Peng-Peng Lee. One of the two judges gave Lee a 10.0.


Several Bruins made their first appearances on their respective events this season. Sonya Meraz's first floor routine of the year merited a 9.85. Ohashi's first vault in two years scored a career-high 9.875. Madison Kocian returned from shoulder surgery in August to compete on balance beam, and Hano competed on bars for the first time in her Bruin career. Additionally, in her first meet in a year and a half, Anna Glenn performed two exhibition routines, scoring 9.8 on vault and 9.85 on beam. Stella Savvidou also made her season debut, performing a one-handed floor exercise exhibition routine that scored 9.825. 

UCLA returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, competing against LSU, North Carolina State, and Washington.


Team Results

1) UCLA 197.300

2) Arizona 195.750


VAULT Results

1) Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.900

2) Napualani Hall (UCLA) 9.875, Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.875


BARS Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.925

2) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.900

3) Christina Berg (Arizona) 9.875, Madison Cindric (Arizona) 9.875, Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.875


BEAM Results

1) Grace Glenn (UCLA) 9.950, Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.950, Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.950


FLOOR Results

1) Kennady Schneider (Arizona) 9.900, Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.900, Pauline Tratz (UCLA) 9.900


All-Around Results

1) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 39.450

2) Madison Cindric (Arizona) 39.250

3) Maddi Leydin (Arizona) 39.200

Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:20

Bruins Lose Third Straight

Wilkes K OU012118UCLA (13-7, 4-4) couldn’t shake off a sloppy first-half that saw Oregon (13-7, 3-4) take a commanding lead at the break, 52-38. The Bruins finally found their game but it wasn’t enough to prevent their third loss in a row. The Ducks held on to win, 94-91.

“I told the guys in the second half I love how they competed and worked,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “It was just a really out of character first half. We got in foul trouble and were out of rhythm.

“We really haven’t had to play without Aaron [Holiday] very often and we really struggle with that. It’s a big part of what we do and this is the first time we’ve had to handle that.

“The start of the game was nothing like we talked about both offensively and defensively and I’m not sure why. That’s the hard part. We settled down a little bit but after that, we had foul trouble so we were just trying to survive until halftime.

“The second half I thought we were pretty good. They (Oregon) had 14 assists and no turnovers at half. In the second half, they had five assists and eight turnovers and we go 13 assists and four turnovers.

“The second half was much better in terms of the way we like to do things with tempo and how we like to guard. You can’t go on the road and expect to get wins when you only do that for one half.”

The Bruins had five players score in double-figures led by freshman Kris Wilkes tying a career-high 21 points. Thomas Welsh notched his 12th double-double of the season scoring 17 points and coming down with 10 boards. Aaron Holiday added 14, Jaylen Hands chipped in 12 and Prince Ali scored 10.

The Bruins were outscored by the Ducks, 18 to 10 in second-chance points and once again were outrebounded on the offensive glass, 11 for the Ducks to 7 for the Bruins.

There was to enough good stuff in the second-half to think the Bruins are about to get back into the groove and start winning games

“We started getting some defensive stops that got us out running,” Alford said. “We shot the ball well. We came out on the road and scored 91 points and shot 52 percent from the field and got to the free throw line. Board play was about even. I thought we did a lot of good things that way.

“We just dug ourselves such a big hole in the first half that we were almost going to have to be perfect in the last 10 minutes. And we almost were because we played awfully well in the last 10-14 minutes.”

The Bruins return home to play Cal, Thursday, Jan. 25. It will be the first of three games to be held in Pauley Pavilion. The tipoff against Cal is scheduled for 7:30 PM PST and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Saturday, 20 January 2018 15:27

UCLA Going For Split In Eugene

Holiday A UO12316UCLA (13-6, 4-3) will need to find their missing shot. The Bruins haven’t shot over 40 percent from the field since their last victory against Utah, since then Colorado and Oregon State have played suffocating defense against the Bruins that may be the blueprint for opponents the rest of the way.

Against Oregon State, the Bruins hit only 37.9 percent of their shots from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Against CU it was even worse. The Buffs held the Bruins to shoot 37.1 percent from the floor and 20 percent from beyond the arc. Both teams played a lot of aggressive zone defense.

The Bruins have to find some rhythm offensively if they are going to get back into the winning column.

The Bruins only had two players score in double figures last game against Oregon State. Aaron Holiday, once again, led the Bruins in scoring with 22 points. He was an outstanding 11-12 from the free throw line.  Thomas Welsh had another double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 boards. Kris Wilkes had a team-high five assists and added nine points.

UCLA heads up the road to Eugene where a hungry Oregon (12-7, 204) lays in wait. The Ducks could be a bit ornery with the Bruins arrive after letting a winnable game at home slip away, losing to USC 75-70.

This Oregon loss comes on the heels of a tough loss to Arizona five days earlier, so this contest between the Bruins and the Ducks pits two teams that desperately need a win.

The Ducks have four players that average scoring in double figures and one player who is on the cusp of scoring in double-figures.

Sophomore guard, Payton Pritchard (6-2, 195) leads the Ducks in scoring averaging 15.2 points per game (ppg). Next is senior guard, Elijah Brown (6-4, 200) with an average of 13.6 ppg, who is followed by freshman forward Troy Brown (6-7, 215) contributing 11.3 ppg and junior forward Paul White (6-9, 225) chips in 10.4 ppg. On the cusp of double figures is senior forward MiKyle McIntosh (6-7, 240) who is averaging 9.7 ppg.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM PST and will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play and Bruin great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will be broadcast the game on your local Los Angeles radio dial, AM 1150, with Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

Friday, 19 January 2018 15:24

Beavers Handle Bruins, 69-63

Holiday A Cal 022516Oregon State (11-7, 3-3) came out of the box playing tough defense that propelled the Beavers to a hard-fought 69-63 victory over UCLA (13-6, 4-3).

For the second consecutive game, the Bruins couldn’t hit their shots hitting only 37.9 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Two phases of the game hurt the Bruins. One, they gave up too many offensive rebounds, the Beavers were able to grab 18 opposed to UCLA’s 11 that helped Oregon State to outscore the Bruins 33-22 in the paint. Second, UCLA allowed the Beavers to close both halves very strong and in the end, it was too much for the Bruins to overcome.

“I loved how we competed,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I thought we did that for 40 minutes, we just didn’t finish either half. We got beat the last three minutes of the first half 11-4. We got beat the last three minutes of the second half 10-5 and that’s the difference in the game.

“If there was a weakness it was defensively, we were really good tonight, we just didn’t rebound. The last couple of games here that’s become an issue.

“Hadn’t been an issue all year, now all of a sudden our board play has reared its head on us for a couple of games in a row. But other than that it was really closing out both halves. You can’t lose the end of both halves in a tight game on the road.”

The Bruins only had two players score in double figures against the Beavers. Aaron Holiday led the Bruins in scoring with 22 points. He was an outstanding 11-12 from the free throw line. The Bruins only had one other player get to the line and that was Chris Smith who was 1-2 and ended up with nine points.

Thomas Welsh had another double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 boards. Kris Wilkes had a team-high five assists and added nine points.

It’s back to the drawing board for Alford and his UCLA team. The Pac-12 Conference is deep, and the cliche of any team can beat any other team on any given night is very true for the season of 2017-18.

“We have to get tough and get the next one,” Alford said. “We got a tough one coming up against Oregon. The margin of error is very fine.

“A lot of guys are going through this for the first time so we just have to continue to be positive, continue to be upbeat and continue to encourage them.

“Show them some things on film that they need to work on and hopefully keep getting better.”

The Bruins will head up the road to Eugene where the Oregon Ducks (12-7, 2-4) wait, after dropping one to USC 75-70, for a 7:15 PM PST tipoff in Matthew Knight Arena. The game will be televised on ESPN and will be broadcast on your local Los Angeles radio dial AM 1150.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:11

Bruins Head To Corvallis

Holiday A OSUHow UCLA (13-5, 4-2) will bounce back after what was probably their worst game of the season remains to be seen. The Bruins head to Corvallis to play a tough Oregon State (10-7, 2-3) team that is coming off two tough road losses to Arizona and Arizona State.

The Pac-12 conference is a topsy-turvy league this season. Anyone can beat anybody anywhere. The Beavers beat Colorado at home and lost to Utah. That's just the way the Pac-12 is shaping up this season.

For the Bruins to get back into the winning column, they will have to do a better job on the offensive end. UCLA had a lot of trouble against Colorado that played a very aggressive zone then would switch up and play some man defense.

The Buffs held the Bruins to shoot 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and UCLA shot a horrific 44.4 percent from the line. UCLA was held to 59 points their lowest output of the season.

Thomas Welsh led the Bruins in scoring with 20 while Aaron Holiday and Kris Wilkes contributed 10 points each.

Before the surprising loss to CU, UCLA was playing their best basketball of the season. The Bruins will need to get back to ball movement and getting open looks on offense.

Oregon State has three players who average in double-figures. Sophomore forward, Tres Tinkle (6-8, 190) leads the Beavers in scoring averaging 18.2 points per game (ppg). He is also the son Oregon State head basketball coach, Wayne Tinkle, who is in his fourth season at the helm.

Junior guard, Stephen Thompson, Jr. (6-4, 190) averages 16.5 ppg and his dad is Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Thompson, Sr.

Junior forward, Drew Eubanks (6-10, 250) is the third OSU player to average in double figures (13.3) and he has the highest shooting percentage on the team hitting 63 percent of his shots.

Freshman guard, Ethan Thompson (6-5, 190) the son and the younger brother of the before mentioned Thompson’s, is averaging just under double-figures at 9.3 ppg.

The game will be played in Gill Coliseum, a venue that holds 9,604 fans. The tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Aaron Goldsmith handling the play-by-play and Doug Gottlieb analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 570 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:00

Thomas Welsh Makes No Excuses

UCLA senior big man, Thomas Welsh, came to play against CU and was on fire. His hot hand enabled the Bruins to get within four points of CU, but then the Bruins didn't get him the ball. Welsh took it upon himself for not getting open. He talks about that and more. Enjoy!

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