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.

Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:15

UCLA to take on Cal

UCLA BASKETBALL TO PLAY AT CALIFORNIA ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Bruins tied with Arizona, Oregon for first place in Pac-12 Conference

 

LOS ANGELES – UCLA (18-6, 8-3) returns to action at California (14-9, 6-5) on Thursday night (6 p.m., PT). The Bruins’ game in Berkeley, Calif., will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Thursday night’s meeting will feature the Pac-12 Conference’s top two scorers in California’s Allen Crabbe (19.8 ppg) and UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad (18.5 ppg).

 

GAME INFORMATION

Venue: Haas Pavilion (11,877)

Tip-Off Time: 6:05 p.m. PT

Television: ESPN2

TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Bill Walton (analyst)

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

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

 

BATTLE BY THE BAY

UCLA heads to the San Francisco Bay Area for a pair of games against California on Thursday evening and Stanford on Saturday afternoon. Both contests will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Bruins defeated California, 79-65, in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 3. Last season, California won both regular-season contests against UCLA, securing an 85-69 victory at Haas Pavilion (Berkeley, Calif.).

 

UNDER BEN HOWLAND

In his 10th season as UCLA’s head coach, Ben Howland has registered a 17-9 record against California. UCLA has gone 6-3 against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif., in the Howland Era. The Bruins last defeated California at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 6, 2010 (76-75 victory in overtime).

 

WEEKEND WINNERS

Shabazz Muhammad averaged 19.5 points per game in UCLA’s two wins over the weekend. Muhammad scored a game-high 22 points in the Bruins’ 59-57 win against Washington on Thursday before totaling a team-leading 17 points in a 76-62 win over Washington State on Saturday. Larry Drew II averaged 9.0 points per game over the weekend, collecting 14 assists and nine steals in the two wins. UCLA extended its winning streak against Washington State to seven games and has won 16 of the last 17 contests against the Cougars.

 

BUZZER BEATER

Larry Drew II made a game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against Washington last Thursday, 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).

 

KEY SCORER

Shabazz Muhammad leads all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring average, having logged 18.5 ppg through 21 games. UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett has registered 18.3 ppg (156 points, 24 games) entering the Rebels’ Wednesday night game against Air Force. Muhammad has scored at least 20 points in 10 games (UCLA has gone 9-1 in those contests). Muhammad has scored in double figures in 20 of 21 games played, including each of his last eight contests. The 6-foot-6 freshman ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (42.9).

 

BALL CONTROL

UCLA has forced at least 10 turnovers in all 24 games this season. The Bruins have committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 12 of 24 games (last year, that figure was 10 of 33 games). UCLA has committed more turnovers than assists in just two of its 24 contests (in wins against Georgia on Nov. 20 and Washington on Feb. 7). UCLA ranks fourth in the nation in assist turnover ratio (1.54), while Larry Drew II leads the country in that category (4.4).

 

VERSATILE FRESHMAN

Kyle Anderson ranks sixth in the nation among freshmen in rebounds per game (8.8). Not only has Anderson logged six double-doubles, but he is also the Pac-12’s only player to rank in the top 10 in rebounding (6th, 8.8 rpg) and assists (7th, 3.7). Anderson has averaged 9.4 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 (1.8 spg).

 

TOP 10-YEAR TOTALS

UCLA has compiled more wins (226) 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 (116), conference win percentage (.671), NCAA Tournament victories (15), NCAA Tournament win percentage (.714, 15-6 W-L), and Pac-12 regular-season titles (3).

 

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.

 

TOP PERFORMER

Junior Travis Wear ranks third on the team with 12.2 ppg and has logged 5.5 rpg, the second-highest rebounding average on the team. He has scored in double figures in 15 of 24 games this season. In UCLA’s 75-71 loss to USC on Wednesday, Jan. 30, Wear scored 16 points after having missed the Bruins’ previous game with a concussion (at ASU, Jan. 26). He leads all UCLA players in field goal percentage (52.8 percent, 114-216 field goals).

 

GIVING AN ASSIST

Through games played Sunday, Feb. 10, Larry Drew II leads the nation in assist turnover ratio (4.4) and ranks fourth, nationally, in assists per game (7.9). He has logged at least eight assists in 16 of 24 contests and has committed two or fewer turnovers in 19 of 24 games. He has totaled 189 assists and 43 turnovers in 24 games while averaging 6.5 points per game. He has totaled more assists (189) than any UCLA player since Darren Collison had 199 in 2006-07.

 

DON’T BE OFFENDED

UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs in scoring average, having registered 76.0 points per game (the 29th 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 7.6 points per game. The Bruins are first in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (46.4 percent, No. 41 in nation) and are first in assists per game (17.2 apg, No. 6 in nation).

 

YOUNG SUCCESS

UCLA’s trio of freshman starters – Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad – have accounted for 52.9 percent of the Bruins’ total points (966 of 1825) and for 49.0 percent of the team’s total rebounds (440 of 898). These freshmen account for three of UCLA’s top four scorers. Kyle Anderson’s team-leading 210 rebounds are the most by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love finished with 406 boards in 2007-08.

 

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 14.7 ppg, the 10th-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).

 

CLOSE CALLS

The Bruins have gone 7-2 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 Washington (59-57), Colorado (78-75), Utah (57-53), Texas (65-63), Georgia (60-56) and UC Irvine (80-79, overtime). In 10 seasons as head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 55-33 record in games decided by five points or fewer.

 

AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

UCLA has gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season (team must be ranked during week 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.

 

OPENED IN DOUBLE-DIGITS

Freshman Shabazz Muhammad scored in double digits in each of his first 12 games at UCLA, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Kevin Love (2007-08) scored in double figures in all 38 games played as a freshman (missed the 13th game of the season). Muhammad and Love are the only players in head coach Ben Howland’s 10-year tenure to have opened their UCLA career with at least seven consecutive double-digit efforts.

 

Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:06

UCLA Baseball Outlook

Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA Baseball team will enter the 2013 season as the two-time defending Pac-12 Conference champions. The Bruins bring back their entire starting rotation from a year ago and other key starting position players as they look to return to the College World Series for the third time in the last four years.

John Savage, who is entering his ninth year as head coach of the Bruins, has led the team to six postseason appearances in his eight seasons at the helm and has brought the program to new heights under his leadership.

A major strength of the 2013 team will come from the pitching staff as juniors Adam Plutko, Nick Vander Tuig and Zack Weiss, and sophomore Grant Watson all return to the starting rotation. Redshirt junior Ryan Deeter and sophomore All-American David Berg are also back to anchor a very strong bullpen. Back in September, the Bruins brought in the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the country, headlined by freshmen pitchers Cody Poteet, Hunter Virant and James Kaprielian.

"The core strength of our team is pitching," Savage said. "It's a very talented group of juniors and we have two sophomores that came on last year to become All-Americans and All-Conference pitchers. We also have as talented freshman pitching since Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Our starting pitching will be better than it was last year. Plutko, Vander Tuig, Watson and Weiss will all be better this year. The additions of Poteet, Virant and Kaprielian will add more depth to our staff."

On the other side, UCLA will have to replace five position players from last year's team. Gone are outfielders Jeff Gelalich, Beau Amaral and Cody Keefer, along with catcher Tyler Heineman and versatile infielder Trevor Brown. The Bruins will look to a new group of juniors and underclassmen to fill the void left by those players. "We lost both catchers and our entire outfield to the MLB Draft," said Savage, "so there will be new players in those positions. We planned for that and we like the guys that are going to come in and do the job." 

Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:04

UCLA Soccer signs top class

UCLA Men's Soccer Signs Top-Ranked Recruiting Class 
Bruins to bring in 10 standouts for the 2013 season.

Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo has landed the top-ranked recruiting class in the country, signing seven standouts to National Letters of Intent and bringing in three talented transfers for the 2013 season.

The Bruins' latest class features five players ranked in the top 25 in College Soccer News's list of Top Recruits for the 2013 season, including the No. 1 overall player in the country. Two players competed for the U.S. at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, while another competed for New Zealand. Overall, seven players have experience playing with their respective Youth National Teams while five have earned NSCAA Youth Boys All-American honors. UCLA's 2013 class has been named the No. 1 class in the country by Top Drawer Soccer.

"Our 2013 recruiting class is comprised of very talented players," head coach Jorge Salcedo said. "There is some skill and technique, athleticism and experience, but above all it is a group that has a strong desire to be the best soccer players they can be. Our staff is very excited to work with each of them. This elite recruiting class is a byproduct of a lot of work from several individuals within our Athletic Department and I would like to sincerely thank them for their assistance throughout the process."

This is the fourth time that Salcedo has brought in the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in his tenure as UCLA head coach, signing the top-rated classes in 2004, 2006, 2010 and now 2013. The Bruins have also won six Pac-12 titles under Salcedo's leadership, have been to two College Cups (2006 and 2011) and have reached the NCAA Quarterfinals four times (2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011). In addition, Salcedo has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year on four occasions and has produced 18 MLS Draft picks in his nine years as head coach.

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:28

Bruins named to watch list

Berg and Deeter Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List 
UCLA relievers named to NCBWA watch list for best relief pitcher in Division I baseball.

Colorado Springs, Colo. - UCLA relief pitchers David Berg and Ryan Deeter have both been named to the initial NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List. The Stopper of the Year is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball at the end of the season.

Berg, a sophomore from Covina, Calif., established the Pac-12 and UCLA record for single-season appearances with 50 in 2012. He was one appearance shy of the NCAA Division I all-time single-season record, which is 51, set by Florida's Connor Falkenbach in 2005.

Berg went 5-3 with one save and 63 strikeouts in 74.0 innings last season, while also leading the Pac-12 with a 1.46 ERA and .165 opposing batting average. He picked up Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America, the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball at the end of the year, and was one of just two freshmen to earn All-Pac-12 honors. Berg spent the summer pitching for the USA Collegiate National Team, recording two saves and a 3.72 ERA in eight games pitched. Additionally, he earned second-team preseason All-America honors from the NCBWA back in December.

Deeter, a redshirt junior from Newark, Calif., made 36 relief appearances for the Bruins in 2012, going 1-0 with a team-best 0.89 ERA. He served primarily as a setup reliever and logged 26 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work. Deeter also earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 accolades and finished tied for second in the conference with his 36 appearances. In addition, the 0.89 ERA mark he put up in 2012 ranks second on UCLA's all-time single-season ERA list.

UCLA will open the regular season a week from today against Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 15 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time of the season opener is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Golden Gophers will continue the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:25

Javan Torre makes National Team

Torre Named to U.S. U-20 National Team Roster 
UCLA defender will compete for U.S. U-20's at CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Chicago, Ill. - UCLA freshman defender Javan Torre has been named to the 18-man U.S. U-20 National Team roster that will travel to Puebla, Mexico to compete in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Feb. 18-March 3.

Torre, a native of Santa Monica, Calif., played in 12 matches for the Bruins in 2012, making five starts and helping the team earn six shutouts. He made the final 18-man roster after training with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in Sunrise, Fla. back in December. Torre previously played for the U.S. U-20's at the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain last fall, playing in all three matches and recording an assist. He has also seen time with the U.S. U-18 National Team, participating in the 2011 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland and helping the team to a third-place finish.

The U.S. is looking to qualify for its 13th FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place from June 21-July 13 in Turkey later this year. The top four teams from the CONCACAF U-20 Championship advance to the U-20 World Cup. The U.S. is grouped with Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A and opens the tournament against Haiti on Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m. PT. The match will be played at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla.

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Roster by Position

Goalkeepers (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)

Defenders (5): Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)

Midfielders (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

Forwards (5): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:13

UCLA Gymnastic Team Plays Host

No. 4 UCLA Hosts Power of Pink Meet Sunday

Bruins compete against Washington, UC Davis, Sacramento State in Pauley Pavilion.

 

UCLA Returns Home for Quad Meet

Fourth-ranked UCLA (4-0) hosts 25th-ranked Washington (4-5), UC Davis (6-5) and Sacramento State (2-5) on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2pm in Pauley Pavilion.  

 

Tickets

Tickets for the meet are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office and at Ticketmaster for $12 reserved/$8 GA (adults) and $10 reserved/$5 GA for youth (16 and under). UCLA students are free with ID. Fans who purchase general admission tickets online to this or any remaining home meet by midnight Saturday will receive a special discounted price of $2. Visit uclabruins.com/tickets to buy now.      

 

Live Coverage

Sunday's quad meet will be internet broadcast live on pac-12.com. Live stats and an audio broadcast can be found atuclabruins.com. Follow @uclagymnastics on Twitter for in-meet updates.       

 

Fan-Friendly Format Change

For the first time, UCLA will host a quad meet during which all routines will be performed one-at-a-time rather than having all events run simultaneously. This is being done in an effort to allow fans to see all routines. As such, the meet is expected to run half an hour longer than a regular dual meet.

 

Power of Pink

The Bruins will be supporting and promoting breast cancer awareness at this meet by wearing new pink-accented leotards. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the meet, and the first 400 fans in attendance will receive a pink UCLA Gymnastics t-shirt. Additionally, pink pom poms will be available to the first 500 fans.

 

In The Rankings

UCLA remained at No. 4 in the national rankings with a season average of 196.719. The Bruins rank No. 1 on floor, No. 6 on uneven bars and balance beam, and No. 7 on vault.

Vanessa Zamarripa ranks No. 1 in the nation on balance beam (9.9) and floor exercise (9.95), No. 2 in the all-around (39.608), No. 7 on vault (9.9) and No. 13 on uneven bars (9.863). Olivia Courtney ranks No. 11 on floor (9.888), No. 19 on vault (9.881) and No. 21 in the all-around (39.225). Two Bruin freshmen rank in the Top 25 on beam - No. 6 Danusia Francis (9.881) and No. 25 Sophina DeJesus (9.838). Alyssa Pritchett ranks No. 8 on floor (9.894).   

 

Last Time Out

Senior Vanessa Zamarripa scored her seventh career perfect 10 on vault to help lead No. 4 UCLA to a 196.925-196.200 victory at No. 11 Stanford on Saturday. Zamarripa won the all-around with a season-high-tying score of 39.675 and also won the vault and floor exercise. Freshman Danusia Francis won the balance beam with a career-high-tying 9.925. The Bruins trailed after one rotation but grabbed the lead in rotation two on the strength of Zamarripa's 10.0 and maintained it with solid performances on floor and beam. 

About The Opponents

 

Washington is the Bruins' highest-ranked competitor in the quad meet, checking in at No. 25. The Huskies scored a season-high 196.025 in their last meet to upset Arizona. UC Davis also hit a season-high last weekend, earning 194.125 in a win over Seattle-Pacific. Sacramento State's season-high is 194.500, and sophomore Kalliah McCartney holds a season average of 39.169 in the all-around.   

 

Zamarripa, Francis Earn Pac-12 Honors

Vanessa Zamarripa earned her third Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award this season, while Danusia Francis received her first-ever Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor after their standout performances in the win at Stanford. Zamarripa scored her seventh career perfect 10 on vault and won the all-around with a season-high-tying 39.675. She also won the floor exercise with a 9.925 and placed second on uneven bars (9.85) and balance beam (9.9). Zamarripa's perfect 10 was the first 10 in the nation this season on vault and only the second 10 on any apparatus thus far. Francis won the balance beam for the third consecutive meet, scoring 9.925 at Stanford to tie her career-best. She ranks sixth in the nation on beam with an average of 9.881 and has Top 3 finishes on beam in all four meets

 

UCLA to Host 2013 NCAA Championships

UCLA will host the 2013 NCAA Championships in Pauley Pavilion on Apr. 19-21. This will be UCLA's fourth time hosting the NCAAs. The Bruins won the national title the last time they hosted in 2004, scoring an NCAA record 198.125. UCLA also previously hosted in 1998 and 1984. Tickets for the Championships are on sale now atuclabruins.com/tickets