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, 05 March 2013 17:00

UCLA To Get Spring Visit

McCaffrey Christian 300The Bruins are one of 20-plus schools that have already offered Highlands (Colo.) Valor Christian all-purpose running back Christian McCaffrey (6-0, 190, 4.5). The good news for UCLA fans is there is mutual interest.

“UCLA, obviously has a great record of success on the football field,” McCaffrey said. “I have

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:47

Howland Meets the Press Video

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland conducted his week state of the program address Monday, instead of his usual day, Tuesday. The topics include, of course the last road trip of the season and some one and done stuff. Enjoy!
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 02:21

Howland Presser Quick Hits

Howland-presserThe first order of business for UCLA coach Ben Howland at today’s media scrum was to  remind everyone how many close shaves the Bruins have had up in Pullman.  The Cougars usually play the Bruins tough at home. 

Washington State has had it tough during the Pac 12 season only winning two games

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Monday, 04 March 2013 19:44

Anderson Earns Pac 12 POW

UCLA’S KYLE ANDERSON SECURES PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Anderson averaged 19.0 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game last week

 

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Kyle Anderson of the UCLA men’s basketball team has secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 25-March 3, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

 

Anderson averaged 19.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game in a pair of victories at home last week. The freshman from Fairview, N.J., registered his eighth double-double of the season in UCLA’s 79-74 overtime win against Arizona State last Wednesday and finished with 17 points in a 74-69 win against Arizona on Saturday.

 

Against the Sun Devils, Anderson went 6-for-14 from the field (.429) and shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. With 21 points that evening, Anderson was one of three UCLA freshmen to tally at least 20 points. He also added 15 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and one steal.

 

In UCLA’s 74-69 win before a record crown in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night, Anderson tallied 17 points and shot 8-for-16 from the field (.500). He scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and finished the game with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.

 

Anderson has scored in double figures in each of UCLA’s last four games. He has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 11 contests.

 

Anderson is the second UCLA player to secure Pac-12 Player of the Week acclaim this season. Classmate Shabazz Muhammad secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 31, 2012, after having scored 27 points in an overtime win against Missouri in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 28.

 

UCLA (22-7, 12-4) closes its regular season with a pair of road games this week. The Bruins play at Washington State on Wednesday night (6:30 p.m.) and will play at Washington on Saturday (11 a.m.).

 

UCLA’S SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD AMONG EIGHT FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS

Shabazz Muhammad listed as one of eight Freshman of the Year Award finalists

 

ST. LOUIS – UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad has been named as one of eight standout freshmen finalists for the 2013 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award, as announced Monday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

 

Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 forward from Las Vegas, Nev., leads UCLA and ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring, having averaged 18.3 points per game. He leads the nation among freshman scorers.

 

Muhammad joins a list that also features freshmen Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke).

 

In addition to being the nation’s top-scoring freshman, Muhammad ranks No. 36, nationally among all players in points per game. He ranks second among Pac-12 players in three-point field goal percentage (44.6 percent), trailing Stanford’s John Gage (44.8 percent) in that category.

 

UCLA enters its final week of the regular season with a 22-7 overall record, tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings with a 12-4 conference mark. The Bruins will play at Washington State on Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) before closing the regular season at Washington on Saturday (11 a.m.).

 

USBWA LINK:  http://www.sportswriters.net/usbwa/news/2013/awards130303.html

 

Monday, 04 March 2013 01:37

UCLA Baseball Gets Sweep

No. 12 UCLA Gets Series Sweep over Wright State with 10-2 Victory 
Valaika matches a career-high with four RBI while Watson allows zero earned in seven innings.

Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 12 UCLA Baseball team picked up the series sweep over Wright State on Sunday, defeating the Raiders by a score of 10-2. Sophomore Grant Watson earned the win after allowing zero earned runs in seven innings while junior Pat Valaika matched a career-high with four RBI.

Robby Sexton took the loss for the Raiders after lasting just 2.1 innings and giving up six earned runs.

The Bruins got ahead of Wright State early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first after Kevin Kramer doubled home Eric Filia and Valaika hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Kramer. Then in the bottom of the third, UCLA opened up a big lead with five runs in the inning. With the bases loaded, Valaika and junior Pat Gallagher drew back-to-back walks to score two runs and give the Bruins a four-run lead. Two batters later, freshman Ty Moore cleared the bases with a triple to right-center to make the game 7-0 in favor of UCLA.

That would be all the run support that Watson needed, as he allowed just four base runners in his seven innings of work, one of which reached on an error. The Raiders could only muster one unearned run off Watson, which came in the fourth inning off of a throwing error that allowed Wright State first baseman Jeff Limbaugh to score, cutting the lead to 7-1.

UCLA would tack on another run in the fifth though, when Gallagher crushed a 2-1 pitch to right-center for a solo home run, pushing the lead back up to 8-1. The Bruins got two more runs in the sixth after Valaika doubled in a pair of runners to make the game 10-1. Wright State would get one more run back in the top of the ninth, but that would be all they would get as the Bruins went on to earn the 10-2 victory and a sweep over the Raiders.

A total of eight UCLA hitters recorded at least one hit in the game, led by Valaika's 1-3 effort with four RBI. Moore went 1-2 with three RBI and a walk while Gallagher posted a 2-2 day with two runs and two RBI. Junior Brian Carroll and Kramer each had a multi-run day as well, scoring two and three runs respectively. Finally, junior Ryan Deeter, freshman Hunter Virant and junior Zack Weiss closed out the final two innings on the mound for the Bruins.

UCLA (8-2) will now travel south to take on Southern California rivals Long Beach State (6-6) on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Long Beach State's Blair Field.

Game Notes: The seven innings that Grant Watson pitched was a new career-long for the sophomore left-hander... Watson now leads the Bruins with a 1.37 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched...Watson also improved to 10-1 as a starter in his career with a 3.26 ERA...this was UCLA's first home series sweep since the Bruins swept rivals USC in a three-game set from May 25-27 in 2012...with Kevin Kramer and Eric Filia each stealing a base, the Bruins have now stolen at least two bases in each of the last three games and are now 16-22 in stolen base attempts on the season (72% success rate)...UCLA has had a batter get hit by a pitch in all 10 of its games and has had at least two batters get by a pitch in nine of its 10 games.