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.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 15:52

Kris Wilkes Hitting A Groove

UCLA true freshman, Kris Wilkes, has been playing very well of late and is one of the reasons that the Bruins have won three straight. Wilkes talks about playing in front of Bruin and Pacer great, Reggie Miller, a player he greatly admires. The road trip is also discussed. Enjoy!

Thursday, 08 February 2018 15:37

UCLA Heads To The Desert For Key Matchup

Holiday A USC030916UCLA (16-7, 7-4) is coming off their most important homestand of the season and they went 3-0. Once again are in the conversation for an invite for NCAA Tournament. Before we get ahead of ourselves there is still much work to be done.

Now the Bruins have tough road trips ahead. UCLA will play five of their last seven games on the road. One thing that is certain wins on the road in the Pac-12 is hard to come by.

Harder still, is wins against Arizona (19-5, 9-2) in the McKale Center where the Bruins will open this road stand.

The Bruins are coming off a huge, hard-fought, grinding, emotional win over their arch-rivals, USC, 82-79. The Wildcats lost a heartbreaker in Seattle, to the Huskies, 78-75.

How each team will respond lies the keys to the game. Will Bruins take the lessons learned from previous road trips and have the grit they displayed during their homestand?

Will Arizona come out flat like many teams do, suffering from a hangover over such a disappointing loss?

UCLA Coach Steve Alford told the media that the Bruins could ill-afford not to bring their A-game. Anything less and this game could get out of hand in front of a rowdy and loud Wildcat fan base.

Bruin veterans Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh need to lead the way. Both Holiday and Welsh are coming off outstanding games against USC. Holiday played the entire 40 minutes while garnering game highs for points (23) and assists (nine). Welsh scored 21 points against the Trojans including the last five to seal the game for UCLA.

The Wildcats are long, talented and have experience. Alford has said from the beginning that Arizona is the team to beat in the Pac-12. They are led by junior guard, Allonzo Trier, who seems to always be on fire when he plays the Bruins. Senior center Dusan Ristic (7-0, 245), who is playing the best basketball of his career and true freshman forward, Deandre Ayton (7-1, 250), who was a member of the prestigious McDonald’s All-American team.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play and UCLA all-time great, Bill Walton analyzing the action.

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

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:33

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head hoops coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the all-important road trip coming up this week against the Arizona schools starting with the Wildcats on Thursday Evening. Enjoy!

Sunday, 04 February 2018 16:30

Late UCLA Rally Ends USC's Winning Streak

Welsh T USC020318The game had emotion, it had runs that made you think that one team was getting ready to blow the other team out. It was a back and forth affair where 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 (16-7, 7-4) led when it counted most 82-79 when the clock clicked its last second. USC (17-7, 8-3) saw their six-game winning streak come to a heartbreaking end.

“Extremely proud of our guys,” UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford said. “We challenged them over the last two weeks and the wins over Cal and Stanford were a step in the right direction. But as I told them all week this is the best team we’ve played in Pauley since Cincinnati.

“I wanted to see where we were. I think we took a really big step today because they are a really good basketball team with a lot of experience. Both teams fought hard, especially with the bye week. This week started off well because our managers were able to get a win on Monday so shout out to our managers as well.”

Bruin point guard, Aaron Holiday was simply put outstanding. He played the entire 40 minutes while garnering game highs for points (23) and assists (nine).

“What else can you say about Aaron Holiday,” Alford said. “He just does it game in and game out. He proved once again tonight that he is one of the best point guards in the country.”

The birthday boy, 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.

“He [Welsh] hit a big three,” Alford said.” It was a great birthday present for him as he turns 22 today. He has 21 points and eight rebounds wearing a mask and that’s amazing to me.

“I played for a long time and can’t imagine playing in a mask. What he is doing for us and he’s been playing in a mask basically since Stanford. He’s been playing the entire league season minutes three games in a mask and averaging a double-double. He’s just a very special player. Whatever credit he gets he means about four times that because I think he’s that special.”

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.

“We got some big stops in the second half,” Alford said. “I’m proud of our toughness. We were up one, they call timeout and then we were down 69-60. I thought we proved a lot of our toughness from that point on.

“When you’re down nine points inside eight minutes against a team like this, that’s not easy. For us to win…I think we’ve grown. We’ve grown a lot in the last two weeks and now we have to take our show on the road. I’m excited where we are at.”

UCLA now heads to the desert to take on the two Arizona schools. Starting with a huge game on Thursday Evening against the first-place Arizona Wildcats (19-5, 9-2) who are coming off a 78-75 loss to Washington (17-6, 7-3) in Seattle.

Tipoff in Tucson is scheduled for 7:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on ESPN and can be heard locally on UCLA’s flagship station AM 570.

Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:27

Aaron Holiday Ready For USC

UCLA junior guard, Aaron Holiday met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming USC game and more. Enjoy!

Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:18

The Assist Of Jaylen Hands

UCLA true freshman guard, Jaylen Hands thrilled the Bruin audience with a crowd-pleasing assist that brought the fans to their feet. Hands talks about that assist, the coming USC game and more. Enjoy!

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