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.

Sunday, 03 February 2013 16:04

UCLA Gymnast Honored

DeJesus Wins Second Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Award

Bruin freshman placed first or second in all three events at ASU.


For the second time this season, UCLA freshman Sophina DeJesus (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week. DeJesus placed first or second on all three events in which she competed, helping lead UCLA to a 196.375-195.6 victory at Arizona State and a 3-0 record to start the season. DeJesus tied for first place on balance beam with a career-high mark of 9.875 and also set a new career-high on floor exercise, where she tied for second place.


Additionally, she tied for second on uneven bars with a 9.8. DeJesus had the highest composite score in the meet (no one competed all-around), totaling 29.55 points. This is DeJesus' second Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week award and UCLA's second all-time.


Stanford senior Ashley Morgan was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week, and Arizona State's Natasha Sundby earned Special Performance of the Week honors.


The Bruins and the Cardinal face off this week as UCLA travels to Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 4 pm PT. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.


Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Jordan Williams, ARIZ; Kelsi Blalock, OSU; Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Corrie Lothrop, UTAH; Lauren Rogers, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Aubree Cristello, ARIZ; Stephanie McGregor, OSU; Samantha Shapiro, STAN; Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Tory Wilson, UTAH; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.


Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Melissa Chuang, STAN; Breanna Hughes, UTAH; Allison Northey, WASH.


2013 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 8: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 15: Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 22: Georgia Dabritz, Utah; Jan. 29: Ashley Morgan, Stanford


2013 Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week

Jan. 8: Nicole Dayton, Stanford; Jan. 15: Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Jan. 22: Tory Wilson, Utah; Jan. 29: Natasha Sundby, Arizona State


2013 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week

Jan. 8: Sophina DeJesus, UCLA; Jan. 15: Hailey Gaspar, Oregon State; Jan. 22: Shelby Edwards, Arizona; Jan. 29: Sophina DeJesus, UCLA


Friday, 01 February 2013 01:55

Plutko Preseason All-American

Plutko Secures Preseason All-America Honors from Baseball America 


Junior right-hander receives third-team All-America honors from national publication.

Durham, N.C. - Junior right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko has been named to the Baseball America preseason All-American team, picking up third-team honors from the national publication.

Plutko joins starting pitchers Dillon Overton (Oklahoma), Karsten Whitson (Florida) and Kevin Ziomek (Vanderbilt) on the third team.

This past fall, Plutko garnered All-American acclaim from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, earning first-team honors from both organizations. He went 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA during his sophomore year, striking out 99 batters in 119.2 innings as the ace of the UCLA pitching staff. Plutko also finished the 2012 season with a 7-0 record in his final seven starts, sporting a 0.89 ERA and a .180 opposing batting average in that span.

Plutko has twice been named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team, and last season captured third-team All-America honors from Baseball America. In the postseason, Plutko has simply been dominant, going 4-0 in four career starts with a 0.88 ERA. His 0.88 ERA mark is the lowest postseason ERA in school history (min. 12 IP) and his four postseason wins are also tied for the most in UCLA history. Overall, Plutko has gone 19-7 with a 2.26 ERA in two seasons in Westwood.

The Bruins are ranked as high as No. 2 in the preseason polls and will kick off the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 at home against Minnesota. Game time is slated for a 6 p.m. start. UCLA will also host their annual alumni game this Saturday, Feb. 2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The "Old-Timers" game will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the "Young-Timers" game will start at 12:05 p.m.

Friday, 01 February 2013 01:52

Three UCLA Frosh On Watch List


Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad among 12 players on watch list


ST. LOUIS – UCLA’s Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the 2013 Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list, as announced Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA).


UCLA is the only program to have at least three freshmen selected to the award’s midseason watch list. Michigan and UCLA are the only teams with at least two players on the watch list.


Muhammad leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring, having averaged 18.4 points per game. Adams has averaged 15.2 points per game, while Anderson has registered 9.4 points per game and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game.


Adams and Anderson have played in all 22 contests for the Bruins, who have compiled a 16-6 record and 6-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference action.


Muhammad leads all Pac-12 players in three-point field goal percentage, having made 42.6 of his long-distance attempts (26-for-61). Adams leads UCLA in three-point field goals (30), free throws (83), free throw percentage (81.4, 83-for-102) and steals (42).


Anderson has logged a team-leading six double-doubles and has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in nine games. The freshman from Fairview, N.J., ranks sixth in the conference with 3.6 assists per game while posting a 1.7 assist turnover ratio, the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-12.


The midseason watch list also includes Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Nik Stauskas (Michigan).


Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:49

Shabazz Muhammad day-to-day

UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad is day-to-day with a gastrointestinal illness and is not expected to practice this afternoon. Muhammad came down with the illness on Monday evening. He will be unavailable to speak with the media after practice today.


The Bruins (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12) return to action at home against USC (8-13, 3-5 Pac-12) on Wednesday night. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 03:51

UCLA to wear all BLUE


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.



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



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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).



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).



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.



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.