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.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 03:51

UCLA to wear all BLUE

WEARING ALL BLUE, UCLA BASKETBALL TO FACE USC ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Bruins look to stage “blue out” as USC heads to Pauley Pavilion this Wednesday

 

LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s men’s basketball team will be sporting an all-new blue uniform as it hosts crosstown rival USC on Wednesday evening in Pauley Pavilion (7 p.m.). The Bruins are encouraging their fans to take the lead of the players and go full head-to-toe dressed in blue. UCLA (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12) has won its last four meetings against the Trojans (8-13, 3-5). Wednesday evening’s game will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks.

 

GAME INFORMATION

Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)

Tip-Off Time: 7:05 p.m. PT

Television: Pac-12 Networks

TV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)

Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)

Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)

SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 92

SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 199

 

CROSSTOWN RIVALRY

UCLA renews its rivalry with USC on the court this Wednesday evening in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are looking to extend their winning streak against the Trojans to five games. UCLA won all three meetings last season, including a 55-45 decision in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at Staples Center. The Bruins enter this week’s conference meeting having won 11 of their last 13 games. USC looks to snap a two-game skid.

 

BLUE OUT

Looking to give the Bruins a home court advantage, UCLA is encouraging its fans to WEAR BLUE in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday. The Bruins will wear alternate all-blue uniforms, designed and developed by adidas. The new uniforms feature solid color blocking of team logos and a shimmer finish for a bold on-court look.

 

HONORING REGGIE

Reggie Miller will have his No. 31 jersey retired at halftime during Wednesday’s game against USC. Miller is one of three former UCLA stars to be honored with a jersey retirement this season – Jamaal Wilkes’ No. 52 was retired Jan. 17, and Don Barksdale’s No. 11 jersey will be retired Feb. 7. Among the greatest pure shooters, Miller starred at UCLA from 1984-87, helping guide the Bruins to the 1985 NIT Championship (sophomore season).

 

BACK FROM THE DESERT

UCLA split a pair of road games at Arizona and Arizona State last week. The Bruins upended No. 6-ranked Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., 84-73, last Thursday night before a raucous crowd of 14,617 at the McKale Center. Two days later, UCLA dropped a 78-60 decision at Arizona State. Shabazz Muhammad and Jordan Adams scored in double figures in each game. Muhammad led UCLA with 23 points against Arizona, while Adams logged a team-high 19 at ASU.

 

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

UCLA has gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season (team must be ranked on day of game) and has posted a 2-0 mark against top-10 ranked opponents. This marks the fourth season in Ben Howland’s 10-year tenure as UCLA’s head coach that the Bruins have earned two wins against top-10 teams – UCLA downed No. 7 Missouri (97-94, overtime) on Dec. 28 and knocked off No. 6 Arizona (84-73) on Jan. 24.

 

20-PLUS POINTS

Shabazz Muhammad recorded his eighth game with at least 20 points, totaling a team-best 23 points at Arizona in an 84-73 win last Thursday night. UCLA has gone 8-0 this season when Muhammad has scored at least 20 points. The freshman from Las Vegas scored a season-high 27 points in consecutive games in December – in victories over Fresno State (Dec. 22) and then-No. 7 Missouri (Dec. 28). Muhammad currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and has logged the highest scoring average of any Pac-12 freshman.

 

VERSATILE FRESHMAN

Not only has Kyle Anderson logged six double-doubles, but the freshman from Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12 Conference’s only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (5th, 9.1 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.8). Anderson is averaging 9.6 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the fourth-best mark among Pac-12 players. He is seventh in the conference in steals per game, having registered 35 steals in 21 contests (1.67 spg). Anderson totaled eight points and 12 rebounds in UCLA’s 84-73 win at Arizona last Thursday evening.

 

GIVING AN ASSIST

Through games played Sunday, Jan. 27, senior guard Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.6) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (8.0). Drew II has logged at least eight assists in 14 of UCLA’s 21 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 17 of 21 games. Overall, Drew II has totaled 167 assists and 36 turnovers in 21 games while averaging 6.2 points per game. Drew II has registered more assists (167) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison finished the 2006-07 season with 199 assists as a sophomore.

 

YOUNG SUCCESS

UCLA’s trio of freshman starters – Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad – have accounted for 52.6 percent of the Bruins’ total points (851 of 1619) and for 45.0 percent of the team’s total rebounds (362 of 804). These freshmen account for three of UCLA’s top four scorers. Kyle Anderson’s team-leading 192 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in eight games, while Adams has scored at least 20 points in seven games.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

UCLA returns to action at home versus Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7. Two days later, the Bruins will host Washington State in Pauley Pavilion. Last season, UCLA split a pair of regular-season games against Washington (each team won its’ home game). The Bruins won both regular-season contests versus Washington State. After the pair of home games against Washington and Washington State, UCLA will play at California (Feb. 14) and Stanford (Feb. 16).

 

DON’T BE OFFENDED

UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs in scoring average, having registered 77.1 points per game (the 23rd highest scoring average in the nation). In addition, UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin among Pac-12 programs, having outscored the opposition by an average of 8.1 points per game. The Bruins lead the conference in field goal percentage (46.9 percent, ranking No. 29 in the nation) and are first in assists per game (17.3 apg, No. 8 in the nation).

 

PROTECTING THE BALL

UCLA enters Wednesday night’s contest against Southern California having compiled a 1.54 assist turnover ratio, the highest ratio in 10 seasons under head coach Ben Howland. UCLA’s 2008-09 squad posted a 1.23 ratio and last year’s team logged a 1.20 ratio. Senior guard Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.64). The Bruins have had just one game this season (Nov. 20, vs. Georgia in Brooklyn, N.Y.) with more turnovers than assists.

 

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Freshman Kyle Anderson finished three assists shy of a triple-double against Fresno State (Dec. 22), posting season-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds that night. UCLA’s only previous triple-doubles took place in Dec. 1995. Toby Bailey finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995. Jelani McCoy tallied 15 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.

 

RUNNING THE POINT

Larry Drew II recorded a career-high 13 assists (with just two turnovers) in UCLA’s 82-56 win against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28). He has dished 10 or more assists in five games this season and has scored in double figures in four contests. The transfer from University of North Carolina made his debut at UCLA on Nov. 9, 2012, after having sat out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

 

ADAMS’ ACCOLADES

Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 15.2 ppg, the eighth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). Adams became the first freshman at UCLA to have scored 20+ points in each of his first four games (freshmen could not play varsity until 1972-73). He became UCLA’s first player in any class to have opened a season with four straight games of 20+ points since 1990-91 (Don MacLean, six straight).

 

CLOSE CALLS

The Bruins have gone 6-1 in games decided by five points or fewer. UCLA overcame a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Missouri, 97-94 in overtime (Dec. 28). Other victories have come against Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53, Jan. 10), Texas (65-63, Dec. 8), Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime, Nov. 13). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 54-32 record in games decided by five points or fewer.

 

INJURY REPORT

Junior Travis Wear is currently day-to-day after suffering a concussion in UCLA’s game at Arizona (second half, Jan. 24). He did not play at Arizona State on Jan. 26. Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL and is expected to miss 1-2 more weeks. He sustained the injury during practice on Oct. 26, 2012.

 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 02:41

Travis Wear Update

UCLA redshirt junior forward Travis Wear remains day-to-day after having suffered a concussion in the Bruins’ game against Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 24. Wear’s activity at practice on Monday was limited to conditioning and shooting. He did not play in UCLA’s game at Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Monday, 28 January 2013 19:53

UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 2

UCLA Ranked No. 2 in USA Today/ESPN Preseason Poll 

 

Bruins to enter the 2013 season ranked No. 2 in the coaches' poll.

Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA Baseball team has been ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' preseason poll. The Bruins, who reached the College World Series for the second time in three seasons in 2012, received four first-place votes in the poll.

Arkansas came in at No. 1 in the preseason poll, followed by the Bruins, LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina in that order. Oregon, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Arizona rounded out the top-10. The No. 2 preseason ranking is the highest the Bruins have earned in a preseason poll since the program was ranked preseason No. 1 by USA Today/ESPN in 2011.

UCLA is one of six Pac-12 teams in the preseason top 25, joining Oregon (No. 6), Stanford (No. 7), Arizona (No. 10), Oregon State (No. 14) and Arizona State (No. 20). The Bruins will play a total 21 games against teams in the preseason top-25. They will play a three-game series against each of the aforementioned Pac-12 teams, a three-game series against No. 23 Baylor, a two-game set against No. 22 Cal State Fullerton, and one game against No. 16 Oklahoma.

In addition to the USA Today/ESPN poll, UCLA has been ranked No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, No. 6 in Perfect Game USA's preseason top-25 poll, and No. 12 in Baseball America's preseason poll.

UCLA has made the postseason in six of the last seven seasons and has hosted an NCAA Regional at Jackie Robinson the last three seasons. The Bruins also hosted an NCAA Super Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium in 2010 and 2012 and are the two-time defending Pac-12 champions. UCLA returns 17 letterwinners off of last season's squad, including their entire starting rotation, led by preseason All-American Adam Plutko. Juniors Nick Vander Tuig and Zack Weiss also return to the rotation while sophomore Grant Watson comes back after a great freshman campaign in 2012. In the bullpen, junior Ryan Deeter and sophomore David Berg will be counted on to handle the late innings for the Bruins.

In the outfield, juniors Brian Carroll and Brenton Allen, and sophomore Eric Filia will all look to step into bigger roles in 2013 after the Bruins lost their entire starting outfield from a year ago. Juniors Pat Valaika and Kevin Williams, and sophomore Kevin Kramer will look to anchor the infield while sophomore Chris Keck will look to build upon a solid freshman season. The Bruins also brought in the No. 2 ranked recruiting class back in September and will count on numerous freshmen to make key contributions in 2013.

UCLA will kick off the 2013 season with a three-game series against Minnesota starting on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The series will continue on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm and 1 pm respectively. 

http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/012813aae.html

Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:51

Johnson locks it down

Johnson Johnny 200

The Bruins are getting rich in the defensive secondary. When they landed  Fresno (Calif.) Central East corner, Johnny Johnson (5-10, 175) they received one of the nation’s best.

Johnson will come to UCLA ready to compete because he received outstanding high school coaching from Tony Perry one of the country’s best high school defensive back coaches. Perry let’s Bruin fans in on the type of prospect on his way to Westwood.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 20:05

UCLA football on the mend

 

Jim-MoraUCLA's football season was the most successful season since 2005.  Thanks in large part to the new commitment of the players to be winners. That trend started with the hiring of Jim Mora as football coach.

Bruin fans at first were lukewarm about the hire. The rumblings that rambled

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Monday, 25 February 2013 08:00

The Barr Raised

Barr Anthony 300It is true that the Bruins recently signed an outstanding recruiting class that is going to bode well for UCLA's future down the road. The Bruins truly hit the mother lode when junior linebacker, Anthony Barr opted to continue his college career putting off a NFL payday for a year. That couldn't have been easy to do. It was quite possible that Barr would have gone in the first round in the upcoming draft.

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