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.

Friday, 01 March 2013 17:42

Laying Recruiting Foundation - Part II

Fitts K 405For those that missed part one of this two part series the Bruins could sign as many as 27 prospects for the class of 2014. For UCLA to reach the goal of playing for big prizes, meaning at the very least playing at the Rose Bowl on January 1st, then they have to continue the success that Jim Mora and his staff have been able achieve over his first two years on the job.

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Friday, 01 March 2013 17:36

UCLA-Arizona Sold Out

UCLA’S HOME GAME VERSUS ARIZONA ON MARCH 2 HAS SOLD OUT

Senior guard Larry Drew II to be honored prior to game on “Senior Night”

 

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA-Arizona men’s basketball game scheduled for Saturday, March 2, is sold out. UCLA’s final regular-season home game that evening in Pauley Pavilion will be nationally televised on ESPN.

 

Game time between UCLA and Arizona is slated for 6 p.m. (PT).

 

Although Saturday’s game is sold out, tickets may be available via Bruin TicketExchange by Ticketmaster, UCLA’s official ticket resale partner.

 

Prior to tip-off, the Bruins will honor senior guard Larry Drew II in a special “Senior Night” ceremony. This season, Drew II has averaged 7.1 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and a conference-best 7.8 assists per game. He entered the week ranking second in the country in assist turnover ratio and fourth, nationally, in assists per game.

 

UCLA will welcome ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm in Pauley Pavilion the morning of March 2. UCLA students and fans will be allowed entry to Pauley Pavilion for the morning program of College GameDay as early as 5 a.m. on March 2. Event programming will begin at 5:30 a.m.

 

College GameDay Covered by State Farm is an eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball studio program originating from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast.

 

The ESPN program will make its second appearance in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins’ iconic home first served as the backdrop to College GameDay on Feb. 2, 2008, when UCLA defeated Arizona, 82-60.

 

College GameDay’s first hour will begin at 7 a.m. PT (ESPNU) and continues at 8 a.m. PT (ESPN) with a one-hour edition at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN.

 

Fans interested in attending that morning’s show are encouraged to line up outside the northwest entrance of Pauley Pavilion. Admission is free, and fans must wear blue or UCLA gear to be admitted. Pay-by-space parking will be available in parking structures No. 4 and No. 8.

 

ESPN’s Rece Davis serves as the show’s host and is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.

 

That evening’s game will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast on the IMG UCLA Radio Network and flagship station AM 570, FOX Sports LA.

 

Friday, 01 March 2013 06:05

Bruins Play Last Home Game

UCLA CLOSES HOME SCHEDULE AGAINST ARIZONA ON SATURDAY EVENING

Bruins’ final regular-season home game to be nationally televised on ESPN

 

LOS ANGELES – Tied for first place in the Pac-12 standings, the UCLA basketball team will close its home schedule against Arizona (23-5, 11-5) on Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Prior to the game, UCLA will honor senior guard Larry Drew II, who will play his final home game for the Bruins. Saturday’s Pac-12 contest will be nationally televised on ESPN and is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

 

STANDINGS NOTE: Prior to Thursday night’s 8 p.m. game between Oregon State and Oregon, UCLA is tied with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 (both teams with 11-4 conference records). UCLA will not face Oregon again during the regular season. The Ducks defeated UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, 76-67, on Saturday, Jan. 19.

 

GAME INFORMATION

Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)

Tip-Off Time: 6:05 p.m. (PT)

Television: ESPN

TV Talent: Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst), Samantha Ponder (reporter)

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

Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)

SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 85

SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 85

 

LOOKING BACK

In UCLA’s 84-73 win over Arizona on Jan. 24, 2013, the Bruins opened the first half on a 21-5 run in the game’s first eight minutes. The Bruins maintained a 40-30 cushion at halftime. Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points, while Kyle Anderson finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and four steals.

 

COLLEGE GAMEDAY

UCLA will welcome ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm on Saturday morning, prior to the Bruins’ regular-season home finale against Arizona. The show will air at 7 a.m. (PT) on ESPNU and continues at 8 a.m. on ESPN. College GameDay Covered by State Farm is an eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball studio program that originates from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast.

 

HIGH ASPIRATIONS

UCLA’s three freshman starters – Jordan Adams (22 pts), Shabazz Muhammad (21 pts) and Kyle Anderson (21 pts) – helped lead the Bruins past Arizona State, 79-74, in overtime on Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion. The victory pushed UCLA into a first-place tie with Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. That trio of freshmen accounted for 36 of the Bruins’ 39 points in the first half and finished with 64 of UCLA’s 79 total points.

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Prior to this season, two or more UCLA freshmen had never recorded 20+ points in the same game. That feat has happened three times this year – in two games, UCLA has had three freshmen score at least 20 points (vs. Fresno State on Dec. 22, and vs. Arizona State on Feb. 27). Adams and Muhammad each reached the 20-point pleateau in UCLA’s win against Long Beach State (Dec. 18).

 

TOP 10-YEAR TOTALS

UCLA has compiled more wins (229) and a higher winning percentage (.688) than any other Pac-12 program over the last 10 years, since Ben Howland took over as UCLA’s head coach (2003-04 through 2012-13). UCLA is the only Pac-12 program to have recorded more than one 30-win season in the last 10 years – the Bruins had three consecutive years with at least 30 wins in 2006, 2007 and 2008. UCLA also leads the group of 12 teams, over the last 10 years, in Pac-12 wins (119), conference win percentage (.672), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).

 

OFFENSE INTENDED

UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring average, having registered 76.1 points per game (No. 22, nationally). The Bruins lead all Pac-12 teams in conference action with 71.9 points per game. UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin in the Pac-12 (all games), outscoring the opposition by 7.1 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.2 pct, No. 41 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.2 apg, No. 6 in nation).

 

KEY SCORER

Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring, having logged 18.3 ppg in 25 games. Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson has scored 17,7 points per game. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 12 games, leading the Bruins to a 11-1 record in those contests. He has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games played. Muhammad was among 30 top men’s college basketball players named to the Naismith Award Watch List earlier this week.

 

VERSATILE FRESHMAN

Freshman Kyle Anderson has logged eight of UCLA’s 13 double-doubles. The 6-foot-9 product of Fairview, N.J., is the Pac-12’s only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.1 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 10.0 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the third-best mark among Pac-12 players. Anderson enters the weekend ranking fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.7 spg).

 

CRASHING THE BOARDS

Kyle Anderson enters Saturday’s game having logged a team-leading 254 rebounds in 28 games. Anderson’s 254-rebound total is the fifth-highest single-season total at UCLA in 10 seasons under head coach Ben Howland. Anderson’s 9.1 rpg average is the second-highest mark in the Howland Era.

 

FRESHMAN CANDIDATES

Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad are among 12 players who have been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award National Freshman of the Year midseason watch list. 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, as released by the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association on Jan. 31.

 

20-POINT TANDEMS

Shabazz Muhammad (27 pts), Jordan Adams (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (20 pts) became UCLA’s first-ever freshman trio to log at least 20 points each in the same game on Dec. 22, 2012, helping lead UCLA past Fresno State, 91-78. Muhammad has twice scored 27 points this season, and Adams logged 26 against UC Irvine (Nov. 13).

 

YOUNG SUCCESS

UCLA’s trio of freshman starters – Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad – have accounted for 54.8 percent of the Bruins’ total points (1169 of 2130) and for 47.2 percent of the team’s total rebounds (495 of 1049). These freshmen account for three of UCLA’s top four scorers. Kyle Anderson’s team-leading 254 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 415 boards in 2007-08.

 

BUZZER BEATER

Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against Washington on Feb 7, lifting the Bruins to a 59-57 win over Washington. Drew II’s winning shot marked UCLA’s first “buzzer beater” since Jan. 20, 2011, when Reeves Nelson scored on a tip-in at the buzzer in Pauley Pavilion to help UCLA beat California, 86-84. Earlier this season, Drew II made a driving layup at Utah (Jan. 10) in the final 10 seconds to help UCLA preserve a 57-54 win. He also made a game-winning layup with 17 seconds left in overtime to give UCLA an 80-79 win over UC Irvine (Nov. 13).

 

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.

 

ADAMS’ ACCOLADES

Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 15.4 ppg, the eighth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). The native of Atlanta has scored in double figures in 21 games and has recorded at least 20 points in 10 contests. 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).

 

INJURY REPORT

Junior forward Travis Wear remains day-to-day with a sprained right foot. He did not play for the Bruins against USC (Feb. 24) and Arizona State (Feb. 27). Wear sustained the injury early in practice on Saturday, Feb. 23. Sophomore guard Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (injury was sustained Oct. 26, 2012).

 

Friday, 01 March 2013 05:57

UCLA No. 2 Back Home

No. 12 UCLA Set for Home Series Against Wright State 
Bruins to play first ever series against Wright State at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Los Angeles, Calif. - The 12th-ranked UCLA baseball team will continue their non-conference schedule this weekend, as they return home to face the Wright State Raiders for the first time in program history from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

UCLA VS. WRIGHT STATE
This will be the first all-time meeting between the two schools on the baseball diamond. UCLA has played only one game against an opponent from the Horizon League, defeating Illinois-Chicago, 3-1, at the 2007 NCAA Long Beach Regional. Gavin Brooks pitched a complete game two-hitter in that game, striking out seven batters.

BRUINS DEFEAT UCSB IN MIDWEEK MATCHUP
UCLA earned their 12th consecutive midweek win on Tuesday, defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos by a score of 12-3. Freshman right-hander Cody Poteet picked up the victory in his first collegiate start, going five innings and giving just one earned run on two hits. The Bruin offense total 11 hits in the ballgame, led by a three-hit performance by freshman Trent Chatterton. Chatterton scored three runs and knocked in two others. Fellow freshman Ty Moore followed that up by going 2-3 with two RBI and three runs while junior Brian Carroll went 1-3 with three RBI. Additionally, sophomore Shane Zeile went 1-3 with two runs.

FRIDAY STARTER
Junior right-hander Adam Plutko will make his third start of the season on Friday. Plutko is 1-0 in his first two starts, earning his first win of the year last Friday at Baylor after allowing just one run in six innings of work. He earned a no-decision in the season opener againt Minnesota, striking out six batters and scattering seven hits in 6.2 innings. In his last nine starts dating back to last year, Plutko is 8-0 with a 1.14 ERA, going at least six innings in each of those starts.

TAKING THE HITS
UCLA have had a total of 13 batters get hit by a pitch in their last four games, bringing the season total to a Pac-12 best 22 hit batters through seven games. Sophomores Shane Zeile and Kevin Kramer lead the Bruins with four hit by pitches apiece. Junior Pat Valaika has been hit three times while Brian Carroll, Christoph Bono, Trent Chatterton and Eric Filia have each been hit twice. Pat Gallagher, Brenton Allen and Ty Moore have each been hit once. On Tuesday at UCSB, the Bruins had five batters hit by a pitch, the most since Nebraska hit five UCLA batters back on March 6, 2011. UCLA had a school record 104 batters hit by a pitch back in 2010.

ROUNDING OUT THE ROTATION
Junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig and sophomore left-hander Grant Watson will round out UCLA's rotation this weekend, starting on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Vander Tuig is off to a good start this season as he enters the weekend with a record of 1-1 in his first two starts. He has a 1.50 ERA in 12.2 innings thus far, striking out eight batters. Like Vander Tuig, Watson is also off to a good start in 2013, entering this weekend with a 1-0 record and a 2.13 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched. He picked up his first win of the season on Feb. 17 after throwing six shutout innings against Minnesota and striking out a career-high eight batters. Watson earned a no-decision last weekend at Baylor after allowing three earned runs in 6.2 innings.

REACHING BASE
Through the first seven games, the Bruins have posted an outstanding team on-base percentage of .421, which is second-best among Pac-12 teams. Infielders Pat Valaika and Kevin Kramer have reached base at least once in all seven games, posting OBP's of .457 and .417 respectivley. Juniors Brian Carroll and Pat Gallagher lead the team with outstanding OBP's of .563 and .538 respectively, while freshman Trent Chatterton has an on-base percentage of .483.

STRONG STARTERS
UCLA's starting rotation of Adam Plutko, Nick Vander Tuig, Grant Watson and Cody Poteet has combined to post a 1.91 ERA in seven starts this season. UCLA's starters have allowed just nine earned runs in 42.1 innings pitched so far, striking out a combined 25 hitters in the early going. As starters, Plutko, Vander Tuig, Watson and Poteet have a record of 4-1 through the first seven games with two no-decisions.

SHUTTING THE DOOR
Freshman closer James Kaprielian earned his first two saves last weekend, closing out both of UCLA's victories over Baylor. In three appearances this season, Kaprielian has struck out seven of the 13 batters he's faced and has allowed just one hit. Kaprielian was drafted in the 40th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners after posting a career record of 33-3 with a 0.96 ERA, 250 strikeouts and 23 complete games at Beckman High School in Irvine, Calif.

HOT BATS
The Bruins have gotten off to a hot start at the plate as four starting position players have posted a batting average of .300 or better through the first seven games. Junior Brian Carroll leads the way with a .462 mark, while also putting up a team-best four multi-hit games. Carroll is especially swinging a hot bat right now, going 10-19 in the last five games with five RBI, four runs and three stolen bases. Junior infielder Pat Gallagher has hit .400 in 20 at-bats as well while infielders Trent Chatterton and Kevin Kramer have hit .375 and .308 respectively. Kramer leads the team with three multi-RBI games. As a team, the Bruins have hit .290 through the first seven games. 

Friday, 01 March 2013 02:50

UCLA Icon Passes

UCLA ICON MICHAEL MARIENTHAL PASSES AWAY

 

Mike Marienthal, a decorated Marine who played football for UCLA and served as the men’s basketball official scorer for 50 years, passed away on Wednesday due to heart issues. He was 89 years old (born: June 19, 1923 in Chicago).

 

Marienthal served the UCLA and Los Angeles communities throughout his life. As a Bruin football player, he was a member of the 1942 Bruin team that advanced to the Rose Bowl for the first time in school history.

 

After graduating from UCLA Naval ROTC, he joined the Marines and in May 1945 in the battle for Okinawa, Marienthal lost his left leg above the knee and severely injured his right leg in a mortar attack. He was awarded the U.S. Navy Letter of Commendation and the Purple Heart.

 

He returned to UCLA in 1946 to complete his undergraduate degree. He also earned a Master’s in 1951 and served on coach Bert LaBrucherie’s football staff from 1946-48.

On Dec. 6, 1946, at the age of 23, Mike served as the official scorer at his first UCLA men’s basketball game. He held the position with distinction for 50 years, retiring at the end of the 1995-96 season. He traveled to countless arenas around the country, served under eight head coaches and witnessed all 11 of UCLA’s NCAA basketball championships.

 

Marienthal was a teacher, coach and secondary school administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 35 years. He began his career at Jefferson High School in 1948, where he served as a teacher and head football coach until 1953. At Jefferson, he led his team to City Championships and lost only two games as head coach. For his final 18 years in LA Unified, he was a principal at Nimitz, Webster and Audubon junior high schools, retiring in 1983.

 

As a Bruin, in addition to his duties as men’s basketball official scorer, he served as a spotter on UCLA football radio broadcasts from 1971-92 and volunteered in the Sports Information Office from 1984-92. He was a 1957 charter member of Bruin Hoopsters, the basketball support group, and served as vice-president and president. He also belonged to Bruin Bench, Bruin Athletic Club, Sportsmen of the South and the Freshman Athletic Scholarship Committee.

 

Marienthal was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990 and in 1988, he was honored with a University Service Award by the UCLA Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Karleen, four daughters, one son and 12 grandchildren and three great-grand children.

Friday, 01 March 2013 02:18

Will Bruins Get Visit?

Allen-Williams B 300The Bruins have an excellent chance at getting an unofficial visit out of an outstanding linebacker from the talent laden state of Georgia. This athletic backer has the versatility to play either inside or outside on the collegiate level. The Bruins are one of over 25 schools that have already offered this talented backer.

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