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, 08 March 2018 14:28

Prince Ali Talks Holiday And Tournament

UCLA guard, Prince Ali, met with the Bruin beat media and one of the topics covered was Aaron Holiday and his stamina to play 40 minutes. Ali also talks about the importance of the Pac-12 Tournament and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 08 March 2018 14:02

Aaron Holiday Ready To Go 40

UCLA junior point guard, Aaron Holiday, is something of an ironman for the Bruins. Several times this season, Holiday has played the entire 40 minutes of a contest. He's ready to do so if needed to in the Pac-12 Tournament. Holiday talks about going 40 and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 08 March 2018 02:44

Thomas Welsh Ready For Pac-12 Tourney

UCLA senior big man, Thomas Welsh, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming Pac-12 Tourney and more. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:11

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head hoops coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming Pac-12 tournament and questions on March Madness were also asked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:03

Adarius Pickett First-Day Of Spring

UCLA senior to be, Adarius Pickett AKA Pick Six, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the first-day of spring ball and more. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 14:39

Welsh, Olesinski Earn Pac-12 All-Academic HM


Both student-athletes have excelled on, off the court as economics majors


SAN FRANCISCO– UCLA senior Thomas Welsh and redshirt sophomore Alex Olesinski have earned honorable mention status on the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team, as announced by the conference office Tuesday.


Welsh, a 7-foot center from Redondo Beach, Calif., was named an honorable mention on the All-Academic Team after having secured second-team honors as a sophomore and junior. Welsh is just the third student-athlete in program history (along with George Zidek and Alfred Aboya) to have secured Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors in multiple seasons. Welsh is on track to graduate this spring with his undergraduate degree in economics.


Olesinski, a 6-foot-10 forward from Roswell, N.M., earned honorable mention All-Academic Team accolades for the first time in his career. Currently, in his third year as a student at UCLA, Olesinski is majoring in economics.


Welsh has averaged 12.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and was named a second-team All-Pac-12 selection when the conference’s year-end awards were announced Monday. He has registered 16 double-doubles in 30 games, the highest single-season double-double total at UCLA since Kevin Love had 23 double-doubles in 2007-08.


Olesinski has played a vital role as a forward off the bench. He has averaged 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in all 30 games after having sat out (redshirt year) the 2016-17 season. Olesinski is shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from the three-point arc.


To be eligible for the conference’s academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.


This season’s first-team All-Academic selections include Nick Hamilton (California), Jeff Pollard (Washington State), Dorian Pickens (Stanford), Gligorije Rakocevic (Oregon State) and Stephen Thompson, Jr. (Oregon State).


Second-team All-Academic honorees include Malachi Flynn (Washington State), Jayce Johnson (Utah), Chimezie Metu (USC), Tres Tinkle (Oregon State) and Parker Van Dyke (Utah).


The other nine players from the Pac-12 to secure honorable mention acclaim are Milan Acquaah (Washington State), Robert Cartwright (Stanford), David Collette (Utah), Drew Eubanks (Oregon State), Shannon Evans II (Arizona State), Kodi Justice (Arizona State), Jordan McLaughlin (USC), Kodye Pugh (Stanford) and Keith Smith (Oregon State).


No. 4-seed UCLA (20-10) will face the winner of Wednesday’s first-round meeting between No. 5-seed Stanford and No. 12-seed California this Thursday afternoon. The Bruins’ quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Tournament will begin at 2:30 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, March 8. The Pac-12 Tournament will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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