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, 10 November 2017 18:14

UCLA Opens Hoops Against Georgia Tech

Holiday A UMUCLA basketball opens the season ranked 18th nationally but will play their opening game across the waves in Shanghai, China, against the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech. One could only wish that the game would be the biggest story, but unfortunately, it is not.

The Bruins will be without three of their prized freshmen recruits, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who are being detained in the lakeside city of Hangzhou. The three are under investigation for shoplifting sunglasses from a Luis Vuitton store.

The rest of the UCLA basketball team headed 100 miles away from where the Yellow Jackets wait controversy-free. How will this Bruin team, a mix of veterans and youth respond? That will be decided at 8:30 PM PST tipoff when the 2017-18 Bruin basketball season begins.

The Bruins return junior point guard, Aaron Holiday, senior big man Thomas Welsh and senior forward Gyorgy G.G. Golomon, all who made contributions to UCLA’s Sweet 16 and 31-5 season in 2016-17.

Also returning after redshirting due injuries last season will be the athletic guard, Prince Ali and forward Alec Olesinski.

Sans the three missing freshmen, who were going to be counted on this game, the Bruins have two other freshmen available for action. Look for freshmen guards Jaylen Hands and Chris Wilkes to contribute. The sixth freshman forward Chris Smith will also be available if needed.

The Yellow Jackets are coached by Josh Pastner, who is in his second season at the helm. One may ask what Pastner has planned for an encore after being selected 2017 ACC Coach of the Year after leading Tech to a 21-16 record and reaching the NIT final.

GT has played two exhibition games in preparation for its season opener, a 65-58 loss to crosstown foe Georgia State and a 78-60 win over NAIA member Faulkner.

Though Georgia Tech lost six seniors from the 2016-17 squad, they return their top three scorers and two of its top three rebounders from that team in sophomore guard Josh Okogie (6-4, 213) who averaged16.1 points per game (ppg) and 5.4 rebounds per game (rpg). Senior center Ben Lammers  (6-10, 234) who averaged 14.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg and senior guard Tadric Jackson (6-2, 203) who averaged 12.1 ppg.

The game will be nationally televised by ESPN starting at 8:30 PM PST with Roxy Bernstein doing the play-by-play and Hall of Fame Bruin Bill Walton analyzing the action.

The contest will be broadcast on the UCLA Sports Network from IMG and will be aired onAM 1150 with Josh Lewin handling play-by-play and another Bruin all-time great Tracy Murray in the analyst chair.

Friday, 10 November 2017 18:09

Kris Wilkes Getting Comfortable

It is well known that the Bruins were counting on freshmen to help them in big ways for the season of 2017-18 and one of them is Kris Wilkes. The young Bruin freshman met with the Bruin beat media before leaving for China. The following is what transpired. Enjoy!

Friday, 10 November 2017 15:24

Josh Rosen Ready To Return

UCLA junior quarterback, Josh Rosen, is ready to return to action after missing a game due to concussion protocol. He talks about his return and more. Enjoy!

Friday, 10 November 2017 15:18

Kenny Young Sees Growth

UCLA senior linebacker, Kenny Young, has seen growth in the young players that have been forced into action due to injuries on the defense. He talks about the growth and more. Enjoy!

Friday, 10 November 2017 14:59

Scott Quessenberry Reflects On UCLA

UCLA senior offensive lineman, Scott Quesenberry, reflects on his UCLA career, talks about the ups and downs of this current season and a lot more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 09 November 2017 12:25

Jim Mora After Practice Presser

UCLA head coach, Jim Mora, met with the Bruin beat media for the last time until after the Arizona State game. Mora talks about his starting quarterback, Josh Rosen, and the whole QB situation and a lot more. Enjoy!

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