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.

Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:38

Bruins Host Ducks On Senior Night

Welsh T SU012718UCLA (18-8, 9-5) will welcome Oregon (17-9, 7-6) for the last home game of the season. Both the Bruins and the Ducks are in need of a victory. Both schools are within the magical number of 20 wins. It appears that 20 victories are a prerequisite for participation in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bruins had to grind out a victory against Oregon State that saw them shooting 39 percent from the field, 19 percent from beyond the three-point arc and went ice cold from the foul line in the second half hitting only 45.8 percent (11-24) after hitting 11-12 from the charity stripe in the first-half.

When the Bruins do that poorly from the line especially from the line it usually ended up in a loss. The Michigan and Stanford games come to mind. UCLA will have to get back on track at the foul line.

What helped the Bruins in victory as they outrebounded the Beavers 51-33 and had 18 boards off the offensive glass against only six for Oregon State. That was the difference between winning and losing.

The Bruins had four players scoring in double figures, including the two vets Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh, both notching double-doubles.

Holiday served up his second double-double of the season scoring a team-high 17 points and a game-high 10 assists. Welsh added double-double No. 15, scoring 15 points and tallying 17 rebounds, nine of which came off the offensive glass. Prince Ali scored 11 points off the bench and Kris Wilkes added 10.

Oregon is coming off a heartbreaking loss to USC 72-70 that was nip and tuck all night long with the Trojans prevailing.

The last time the Bruins played the Ducks, UCLA started out the game cold as ice and sloppy. The Bruins came out in the second-half and truly made a game of it.

UCLA was getting handled by the Ducks 81-69 with six minutes to play. Then the Bruins went into gear cutting the lead to 88-87 with 1:09 remaining. UCLA’s rally came up short losing to the Ducks, 94-91.

Before the contest, the Bruins will have their annual Fan Appreciation Night and the program will honor their seniors.

The men's basketball program is encouraging fans to arrive by 7:00 PM PST, as seniors; Thomas Welsh, György "G.G." Goloman, Alec Wulff, and Ikenna Okwarabizie will take center stage and be honored for a job well done. The Bruins will also recognize student athletic trainer Kaviyon Sadrolashrafi, student video coordinator Joe Preston and student managers Sam Schmall and Nick Griffin.

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

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

Friday, 16 February 2018 15:37

Bruins Grind Out Win

Holiday A OSU021518UCLA (18-8, 9-5) was able to grind out, a hard-fought victory over a tough-minded Oregon State (13-12, 5-8) team, 75-68. The Bruins need to win games like this one. A game where shots aren’t falling, but still find a way to be victorious.

Usually, when the Bruins play offensively they way they played Thursday Night against the Beavers they lose. It looked like Bruins came to play and quickly jumped out to a 13-point lead, but that quickly evaporated like water neath the warm Southern California sun.

UCLA only shot 39 percent from the field, an even icier 19 percent from beyond the three-point arc and went ice cold from the foul line in the second half hitting only 45.8 percent (11-24) after hitting 11-12 from the charity stripe in the first-half.

The above stat line, especially from the foul line usually portends of a losing effort for the Bruins.

Undeterred by the cold shooting night, the Bruins still had four players scoring in double figures, including the two vets Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh, both notching double-doubles.

Holiday served up his second double-double of the season scoring a team-high 17 points and a game-high 10 assists. Welsh added double-double No. 15, scoring 15 points and tallying 17 rebounds, nine of which came off the offensive glass. Prince Ali scored 11 points off the bench and Kris Wilkes added 10.

The last UCLA home game of the season comes this Saturday Evening against Oregon. Tipoff scheduled for 7:15 PM PST. It should be a festive affair being that the Bruins will have their annual Fan Appreciation Night and will honor all of the team’s seniors, players, and management alike. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 15:24

Thomas Welsh Reflects On UCLA

UCLA senior big, Thomas Welsh, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming homestand and more poignantly his last in a UCLA uniform. Welsh reflects on is time at UCLA and his basketball career as a Bruin. Enjoy!


Thursday, 15 February 2018 15:15

UCLA Welcomes Oregon State

Holiday A CSUBUCLA (17-8, 8-5) is coming off a stinging 88-79 loss to ASU, and will now welcome Oregon State (13-11, 5-7) in the first of two games that will be the last homestand of the season.

The Bruins lost earlier in the season to Oregon State proving that there are no easy games in the Pac-12 this season.

In that first contest against the Beavers, Aaron Holiday, as he has done for most of the season led the Bruins in scoring with 22 points, making 11 of 12 free throws.

Holiday’s heroics weren’t enough as Oregon State playing hard-nosed defense upended the Bruins' 69-63.

The Bruins struggled offensively most of the night and had to come back from a 48-40 deficit. UCLA was able to tie the game at 48-48, and even took the lead 60-59, with 3:24 to play, but the Beavers tightened up on the defensive end and pretty much shut down the Bruins. From that point, Oregon State outscored UCLA10-3 to close the game and take home the victory.

Against ASU, the Bruins didn’t have an answer for the sizzling shooting three Sun Devil guards. Shannon Evans had a game-high 23 points, Tra Holder added 22 points, and Kodi Justice chipped in 17.

UCLA had four players who scored in double-figures but just couldn’t get over the hump. Four Bruins were Aaron Holiday (20), Thomas Welsh (14) while GG Golomon and Kris Wilkes scored 11 points apiece.

This key homestand starting with Oregon State is scheduled to tipoff at 8:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Joe Davis doing the play-by-play and former Bruin coach Steve Lavin analyzing the action.

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

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:57

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the last homestand of the season. Alford also reflects on his senior players and more. Enjoy!


Monday, 12 February 2018 15:12

UCLA Downs California, 197.750-197.225

Berkeley, Calif. -UCLA showed just how deep its lineup is, competing a season-high 15 gymnasts and resting some standouts yet still scoring 197.750 in a dual meet victory at California. The Golden Bears had a strong meet of its own, scoring a season-high 197.225. 

 

The Bruins (9-1) started the meet with a season-best performance on uneven bars, scoring 49.525 to take the first rotation lead over Cal (5-4), who scored 49.4 on vault. Dennis led off with a career-high 9.9, followed by back-to-back 9.85s from Katelyn Ohashi and JaNay Honest. In just her second routine of the year, freshman Savannah Kooyman scored a career-high 9.875, paving the way for back-to-back 9.95s by Christine Peng-Peng Lee and Kyla Ross.

 

Senior Napualani Hall led UCLA's vault crew, which scored three 9.9s or better. Hall earned her first vault title of her career with a career-high-tying 9.95, sticking her laid-out Yurchenko 1.5 for the third-straight meet. Pauline Tratz and Felicia Hano each scored career-highs 9.9. Gracie Kramer scored a 9.85 on her tucked Yurchenko 1.5. Anna Glenn made her competitive debut, scoring 9.8. UCLA finished with a 49.425, while Cal scored 49.250 on bars, increasing the Bruins' lead to 98.950-98.650.

 

Hall once again led UCLA in rotation three, scoring a career-high 9.9 on floor exercise in her season debut on the event. Kooyman also competed on floor for the first time and scored 9.825. Kramer's 9.875, Sonya Meraz's 9.85 and Nia Dennis' 9.825 completed the scoring routines for the Bruins, who scored 49.275. Cal cut into UCLA's lead by scoring a school-record 49.350 on beam, setting up a final rotation showdown.

 

UCLA finished the meet on beam leading by just .225 after three events, 148.225-148.000. After a leadoff 9.8 by Brielle Nguyen, Dennis contributed a career-high 9.875, and Madison Kocian scored a season-best 9.925. Grace Glenn and Ohashi scored back-to-back 9.95s to secure the victory.

 

Hall won two events, taking first on vault and tying for first on floor. Lee and Ross tied for first on bars, and Grace Glenn and Ohashi tied for first on beam. Cal's Toni-Ann Williams won the all-around with a 39.6.

 

Team Results

1. UCLA 197.750

2. California 197.225

 

Event Winners

Vault - Napualani Hall, UCLA - 9.95

UB - Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Kyla Ross, UCLA - 9.95

BB - Grace Glenn, UCLA; Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA - 9.95

FX - Napualani Hall, UCLA; Toni-Ann Williams, Cal - 9.9

AA - Toni-Ann Williams, Cal - 39.6

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