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.

Monday, 12 March 2018 13:58

Boss Tagaloa Makes the Switch

UCLA junior lineman, Boss Tagaloa, came to the Bruins as one of the most sought-after defensive line prospects, but the new coaching staff wanted to see Tagaloa as an offensive lineman so he is playing center during the spring. Tagaloa talks about the switch and more. Enjoy!


Sunday, 11 March 2018 14:48

Chip Kelly Pre-Practice Presser

UCLA head football coach, Chip Kelly, met with the Bruin beat media prior to Saturday's practice. Enjoy!


UCLA’S THOMAS WELSH AMONG FIVE FINALISTS FOR KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AWARD

Welsh has averaged 12.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in 31 games for UCLA

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– UCLA senior Thomas Welsh has been named as one of five finalists for this year’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, as announced Friday by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

 

Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who starred for the Bruins from 1967-69, this annual honor is in its fourth year and recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October and narrowed the list to 10 candidates in February.

 

Welsh, who has averaged 12.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in 31 games, has emerged as one of five finalists. He is joined on the final five-man ballot by Isaac Haas (Purdue), Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s), Angel Delgado (Seton Hall) and Brandon McCoy (UNLV).

A second-team All-Pac-12 selection and a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Team honoree, Welsh has totaled 17 double-doubles in 31 games and currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in rebounds (10.5 rpg).

 

Welsh logged his team-leading 17th double-double in UCLA’s 88-77 win over Stanford on Thursday (18 points, 11 rebounds). He has totaled 1,003 career rebounds, the fourth-highest total in school history. Welsh crossed the 1,000-career rebound milestone on Thursday afternoon in the team’s 11-point victory against Stanford.

 

The five award finalists will be presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for the 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. The winner of this year’s award will be honored at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 6. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Sunday, 11 March 2018 14:18

Bruins Lose In Semi, Waiting On Bid

Welsh T UA030918It was the kind of game that you hate to see a team lose. Both teams played hard with great energy and played clean. To make things more dramatic, the game went into overtime. Unfortunately for UCLA (21-11), the Bruins went ice cold during the overtime period and didn’t make a shot, while Arizona (26-7) scored 11 points to take home the victory, 78-67.

“Tremendous effort,” Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach said. “I give Arizona’s defense a lot of credit in the second-half. In the second-half, Arizona stepped up with their pressure and what they do defensively, so I applaud them.

“You look at the game, one team had six turnovers [Arizona], the other [UCLA], had nine. We made 10 threes and they made seven.

“We just couldn’t get over the free-throw hump. One team was 3-4 [UCLA], the other [Arizona] is 13-18. We were in a 3-2 zone most of the night. It’s unfortunate, we just couldn’t find our way to the free-throw line. We played 25 minutes in the second-half and never made it to the bonus. We just have look at the tape and to correct that moving forward.

“I thought we fought the entire night, so I am pleased with the effort.”

UCLA didn’t have an answer for Arizona’s very special freshman, Deandre Ayton, who scored a game-high 32 points, added 14 rebounds, dished out three assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

Rawle Alkins contributed 15 points and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 11 points for the Wildcats, to round out the players who scored in double-figures for the Cats.

The Bruins had three players who scored in double-figures, led by senior Thomas Welsh who landed his 18th double-double of the season scoring a team-high 17 points and a game-high 17 boards.

The Wildcats prepared for Aaron Holiday as he was swarmed by Arizona players every time he drove to the rack. The defensive strategy worked as Holiday was limited to 15 points while shooting 5-20 from the floor.

True freshman, Kris Wilkes chipped in 12 points for the Bruins.

Now the Bruins must patiently wait to see if they get an invite to March Madness, many think they will. It’s just a matter of what region and what seed. The answer will be known Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Friday, 09 March 2018 15:26

UCLA Moves Onto Semifinal

holiday a SU030818UCLA (21-10) leaned on their dynamic duo of Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh to beat Stanford (18-15) in another hard-fought game, 88-77, for a semifinal rematch with arch-foe Arizona (25-7).

Holiday led all scorers tying his career-high, with a game-high, 34 points. He also had a game-high eight assists while playing the entire 40 minutes of the contest.

Welsh notched his 17th double-double of the season scoring 18 points and coming down with 11 boards.

“Just really proud of our team,” Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach said. “Super happy for the two guys next to me [Aaron Holiday, Thomas Welsh], because of a lot of pressure on these two.

“They've [Holiday and Welsh] been tremendous with leadership all year long. They had a lot of pressure on them today because we had about five guys going through this for the first time as far as the Pac-12 Tournament goes, having minutes on the floor. Really only got – GG [Goloman] obviously is the third, but these two are the major-minute guys that we've had in a Pac12 Tournament, so they really responded.

“That's what your main guys have got to do, and both those guys responded in a huge way. Aaron, across the board, in everything that he did today, was spectacular. Couldn't be happier for Tom. A thousand rebounds, a thousand points in your career at UCLA, that's special. So very fortunate and very blessed that I get an opportunity to coach two very special players like these two.”

Perhaps the UCLA’s key to victory against the Cardinal was they took care of the basketball. The Bruins tallied 14 assists against only seven turnovers. UCLA will have to do more of the same against Arizona, a team that thrives on scoring easy buckets due to turnovers.

UCLA won the first contest against Arizona, last month in Tucson, 82-74. In that game, the Bruins played with intensity and energy from the opening tip to the final whistle.

Five Bruin players scored in double-figures against the Wildcats last month and as a team, they shot 51.6 percent from the field. Holiday led the Bruins in scoring with 17 points and eight assists. GG Golomon had a career-high 16 points, including three, three-pointers, one was a soul crusher late in the game to essentially put the game on ice. Kris Wilkes was solid scoring 14 points. Thomas Welsh accounted for another double-double scoring 11 points and came down with 12 boards. Jaylen Hands scored 11 points.

Tipoff for the UCLA-Arizona semifinal game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., is scheduled for 6:00 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:44

Andre James Loves the Change

UCLA senior offensive lineman, Andre James has had four offensive coordinators and three offensive line coaches during his four-year span on the Bruin campus. During the first practice of spring, he is lining up at left tackle and loving it. James talks about the change of his number and his position and more. Enjoy!


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