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.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:31

Bruins Beat UCSB

No. 12 Bruins Earn 12-3 Victory over UC Santa Barbara 
Poteet gets first collegiate victory as Bruin offense totals 11 hits.

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The No. 12 UCLA Baseball team picked up their first midweek win of the season, earning an 12-3 victory over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman right-hander Cody Poteet picked up the victory in his first collegiate start while a total of seven UCLA players recorded at least one hit in the win.

The Bruins got on the board first in the top of the third inning. After Ty Moore walked and Trent Chatterton singled, Eric Filia laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over and bring up Brian Carroll. Carroll grounded out to shortstop, but it was enough to score Moore and give UCLA the 1-0 lead. The next batter was Kevin Kramer, who doubled down the left field line to score Chatterton and increase the lead to 2-0.

UCLA tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth, starting when Moore singled up the middle. Chatterton walked in the next at bat, and after another Filia sacrifice bunt, Carroll came to the plate and laced a two-run single to left to score Moore and Chatterton, giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead.

Poteet cruised through the early going, allowing just two baserunners (one hit and one walk) through the first four innings. Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Gauchos got their first run off of Poteet after Luke Swenson hit a RBI single to center to cut the lead to 4-1. UC Santa Barbara added another run two batters later, when Chatterton committed an error to score Swenson, making the score 4-2. But Poteet would get the next batter to ground out to shortstop to end the threat and keep the lead at two.

The Bruins would strike back though in the top of the sixth, going off for seven runs in the inning. After loading the bases with one out, Moore came through again for UCLA, hitting a double down the right field line to score Shane Zeile and Pat Gallagher. Chatterton followed that up with a line drive single through the left side to score Cody Regis to make it 7-2. In the next at bat, Filia doubled to left center to bring in Chatterton and Moore to give the Bruins a seven run advantage. After Carroll walked and Kramer was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, Pat Valaika hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Filia. On the same play, UCSB center fielder Cameron Newell threw the ball past the catcher, bringing in Carroll to make the score 11-2 Bruins.

The Gauchos would get one run in the bottom of the eighth while the Bruins added one in the ninth as UCLA went home with the 12-3 victory.

Overall, Chatterton and Moore led the UCLA offense, combining to go 5-6 with three runs apiece and a combined three RBI. Gallagher also posted a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run. Additionally, Carroll knocked in three runs on the day while Filia posted two RBI.

The Bruins will return home this weekend to play a three-game series vs. Wright State from Friday, March 1 to Sunday March 3. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Game Notes: UCLA has now won 12 consecutive midweek games dating back to last season...Cody Poteet threw 82 pitches in his five innings of work...with his 1-4 day, Kevin Kramer has now reached base in all seven of UCLA's games...in the last five games, Brian Carroll is 10 for 19 with five RBI, four runs and three stolen bases...UCLA had a runner reach base in eight out of the nine innings today...the Bruins had five more batters get hit by a pitch, bringing the season total to 22...it was also the most times that UCLA batters were hit by a pitch since Washington hit five UCLA batters back on May 29, 2005. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:46

UCLA Hoops Host ASU


Bruins to close home schedule this week versus Arizona State and Arizona


LOS ANGELES – UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion to host Arizona State (20-8, 9-6 Pac-12) on Wednesday evening. Game time is 8:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins (20-7, 10-4 Pac-12) have reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth time in head coach Ben Howland’s 10 seasons at the helm of the program. Wednesday night’s game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins will close their home schedule against Arizona (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12) on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in a game to be nationally televised by ESPN.



Venue: Pauley Pavilion (13,800)

Tip-Off Time: 8:36 p.m. PT

Television: Pac-12 Networks

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

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

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

SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 91

SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 91



UCLA returns home to face Arizona State in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday (8:30 p.m., PT) after having played its last three games on the road. The Bruins are one-half game behind Arizona and Oregon in the Pac-12 standings with four regular-season contests remaining. UCLA’s four-game winning streak in the series against the Sun Devils was snapped when the two schools last played, as Arizona State earned a 78-60 win in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 26.



Arizona State defeated UCLA, 78-60, before 9,337 in Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Jan. 26. Carrick Felix scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Jordan Bachynski logged 22 points, 15 rebounds and a game-best six blocks in that contest for Arizona State.



Jordan Adams scored a game-high 20 points to lead a group of five Bruins in double figures as UCLA won, 75-59, at USC on Sunday afternoon, evening the season series between the crosstown rivals. UCLA shot at a 58.6 percent clip in the first half and opened a 47-26 lead by halftime. David Wear logged his second double-double of the season, totaling 10 points and 11 rebounds. UCLA made 6 of 12 shots from three-point range, including 6 of 11 in the first half.



UCLA will welcome ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm on Saturday morning, prior to the Bruins’ regular-season home finale against Arizona at 6 p.m. that evening. 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. The ESPN program will make its second appearance in Pauley Pavilion.



UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring average, having registered 76.0 points per game (No. 22, nationally). The Bruins lead all Pac-12 teams in conference action with 71.4 points per game. UCLA has compiled the third-best scoring margin in the Pac-12 (all games), outscoring the opposition by 7.2 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.4 pct, No. 41 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.1 apg, No. 6 in nation).



Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring, having logged 18.2 ppg in 24 games. UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett has registered 17.0 ppg. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 11 games, leading the Bruins to a 10-1 record in those games. Muhammad has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games played.



Kyle Anderson ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen in rebounds per game (8.9). Not only has Anderson logged seven double-doubles, but he is also the Pac-12’s only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.9 rpg) and assists (6th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 9.6 points per game and has compiled a 1.8 assist turnover ratio, the fifth-best mark among Pac-12 players. He ranks fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.7 spg).



Through games played Feb. 24, UCLA ranks fourth in the country in assist turnover ratio (1.5), while senior guard Larry Drew II ranks second in that category (3.66). UCLA’s loss at California on Feb. 14 marked the Bruins’ only game this season in which they did not force 10 or more turnovers. UCLA has recorded more assists and turnovers in all but two games this season (wins against Georgia on Nov. 20 and Washington on Feb. 7).



UCLA has compiled more wins (228) and a higher winning percentage (.687) 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 (118), conference win percentage (.670), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).



Through games played Sunday, Feb. 24, senior Larry Drew II ranks second in the country in assist turnover ratio (3.66) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (7.6). Drew II is currently sixth on UCLA’s single-season assist list. His average of 7.59 assists per game is the second-best average in school history. Drew II has logged at least eight assists in 16 of 27 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 19 of 27 games. He has become UCLA’s first player to dish at least 200 assists in one season since 1995, when Tyus Edney finished with 216 assists.



With two weekends remaining in the regular season, four teams are currently within one game of each other in the Pac-12 standings (Arizona and Oregon are 11-4, UCLA is 10-4, and California is 10-5 in conference games). The conference’s top four teams in the final regular-season standings earn a first-round bye in the four-day Pac-12 Tournament, to be played at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this season (March 13-16). UCLA has won the Pac-12 Tournament twice in head coach Ben Howland’s previous nine seasons at the helm of the program (2006, 2008).



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).



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.



Freshman Jordan Adams ranks second on the team with 15.1 ppg, the 10th-highest scoring average in the Pac-12 (third-best mark among Pac-12 freshmen). The native of Atlanta has scored in double figures in 20 games and has recorded at least 20 points in nine 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).



Junior forward Travis Wear sustained a sprained right foot on Feb. 23 and is questionable for UCLA’s game against Arizona State on Wednesday evening. Sophomore guard Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained the injury on Oct. 26, 2012).


Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:06

UCLA Baseball Hits the Road

Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 12 ranked UCLA baseball team will play its first midweek game of the 2013 season, traveling up the freeway to face UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday at 2 pm at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Tuesday, Feb. 26- 2:00 p.m.
UCLA - Cody Poteet, RHP, Fr. (0-1, 13.50, 3.1 IP)
UCSB - Greg Mahle, LHP, So. (0-0, 0.00, 1.0 IP)

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE Tuesday's game at UC Santa Barbara will feature a live audio broadcast online at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call. Audio broadcasts of all UCLA home games and select road games will be available at uclabruins.comthis season. In addition, fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action online through GameTracker, also available online at uclabruins.com.

UCLA VS. UC SANTA BARBARA UCLA will play its first midweek game of the 2013 season, traveling up the freeway to face UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Bruins and Gauchos last met back in 2011, where the Gauchos prevailed, 5-4, over the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Overall, UCLA leads the allt-time series with UC Santa Barbara 51-35. Head coach John Savage has an all-time record of 11-9 against the Gauchos (5-6) at UCLA.

FIRST COLLEGIATE START Freshman right-hander Cody Poteet will make his first collegiate start for the Bruins this Tuesday. Poteet has made three appearances thus far in 2013, all of which came in relief, throwing a total of 3.1 innings. His best appearance came in the game against Minnesota on Feb. 16, where he threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to help UCLA earn a 14-0 shutout over the Golden Gophers. The Bonita, Calif. native was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft after enjoying a great three-year career at Christian High School (El Cajon, Calif.) and competing for club team ABD Bulldogs. Poteet went 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched for the Bulldogs in 2012.

MIDWEEK MASTERY UCLA has won 11 consecutive midweek games dating back to last season. The Bruins concluded the 2012 regular-season schedule having gone 11-0 in all midweek (Tuesday) ballgames. UCLA also posted a perfect 9-0 record against Big West Conference foes in 2012. Serving as UCLA's midweek starting pitcher last season, Grant Watson went 6-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 11 midweek starts and limited the opposition to a .250 batting average in 54.0 innings.

BRUINS WIN SERIES AT BAYLOR The Bruins picked up a big early road series victory this past weekend, taking two out of three from the Baylor Bears. UCLA bested the Bears on Friday, winning 4-3 behind six strong innings from starting pitcher Adam Plutko. Plutko allowed only one run on five hits in his six innings of work. At the plate, junior outfielder Brian Carroll went 3-4 with a RBI and two stolen bases to lead the Bruins. After losing the second game 5-0, UCLA bounced back and took the rubber match by a score of 5-4. Sophomore right-hander David Berg picked up the win in relief while freshman James Kaprielian earned the save after striking out the side in the ninth. Carroll led the Bruins with a .500 batting average in the series (6-12), while adding three stolen bases and a run. UCLA's starting pitchers posted a 2.89 ERA this weekend against Baylor

TAKING THE HITS UCLA had a total of eight batters get hit by a pitch in the weekend series at Baylor, bringing the season total to 17 hit batters through six games. Junior Pat Valaika and sophomore Kevin Kramer lead the Bruins with three hit by pitches apiece. Brian Carroll, Shane Zeile, Trent Chatterton and Eric Filia have each been hit twice while Christoph Bono, Pat Gallagher and Brenton Allen have each been hit once. UCLA had a school record 104 batters hit by a pitch back in 2010.

SHUTTING THE DOOR Freshman closer James Kaprielian earned his first two saves over the weekend, closing out both of UCLA's victories over Baylor. In three appearances this season, Kaprielian has struck out seven of the 11 batters he's faced and has allowed just a .091 batting average against him in the early going. 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.

ROAD WARRIORS Since the start 2010, UCLA has gone 59-27 in all road and neutral site contests. In 2012, the Bruins went 21-6 in games played away from home, posting an 11-4 mark in Pac-12 road games. In 2011, UCLA went 14-13 in road/neutral site games, while in 2010 the Bruins recorded a 22-7 record away from home (including 7-3 at neutral site games). UCLA has gone 31-11 in Pac-12 road games since 2010. In addition, the Bruins have logged five Pac-12 road sweeps in the last three years (2010 at Washington, California; 2011 at Oregon; 2012 at Washington, Utah) and one non-conference road sweep (2012 at Georgia). The Bruins are 2-1 on the road this season after taking two out of three games at Baylor last weekend. 

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Monday, 25 February 2013 17:56

Jackson Worthy Of Rep

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Monday, 25 February 2013 02:41

UCLA Takes Care Of Business

ZUM-300x220In what was quite a contrast, from the first go around, with USC at Pauley, the Bruins made themselves quite comfortable at USC’s house, the Galen Center. The Bruins started the game with a 7-0 run and that set the tone for the game.

The Bruins were hustling on defense, scrapping after every lose ball and held the the Trojans scoreless for the first three minutes of the game.

UCLA was lead out of the gate appropriately by senior point guard, Larry Drew II. He had eight of the Bruins first 14 points as he was orchestrating the offense with precision and near perfection.

The Bruins had a commanding lead 19-4, before the Trojans were able to close the gap a little to get the score to 24-12, with 11:56 left in the first half. UCLA was shooting a blistering 77 percent from the field.

UCLA cooled down bit over the next 10 minutes of the half, but were still shooting at 59 percent at halftime while USC was at a wintery 33 percent. The Bruins closed the half like they started it with a strong 12-3 run.

There was a negative for the Bruins and it has been a recurring theme. The Bruins were out rebounded on the offensive glass 10 to four in the first. Because so, the Trojans had 10 second chance points, more than a third of their scoring output, while the Bruins only had four second half points.

The second half the Bruins played a little sloppy and both teams became a little chippy with one another while the Trojans were able cut the UCLA lead to only nine with 4:01 play, 68-59. The Bruins regrouped defensively and the Trojans didn’t score again the rest of the game. 

The Bruins needed this win to within an half game of the Pac 12 Conference and not having Travis Wear play made the victory that much harder, sweeter still. 

UCLA is chasing Arizona, who come into town this week, and Oregon. The Bruins also notched victory number 20. That’s a number you have to arrive to just about to get an invite to the NCAA tournament in March.

Jordan Adams was sensational hitting on 7-11 shots from the field to lead all scorers with 20 points. He also had six boards, four steals, two assists and one block. Not a bad day at the office.

Four other Bruins reached double figures. Shabazz Muhammad who was dealing with health issues, Kyle Anderson and Drew II all had a 11 points.

Starting in place of his twin brother, David Wear had a solid effort. Leading the Bruins with 11 rebounds. He also had 10 points and three assists.

Off the bench, Tony Parker, played 17 very productive minutes. This may have been his best game of the season because of what was at stake. He had eight points, all in the first half, three rebounds, a block and steal. He came up big and it was crucial.

Norman Powell contributed 22 minutes to the cause, scoring four points, two assists and one rebound. He did a lot of the hustle things not seen in box score.