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, 22 March 2017 15:00

TJ Leaf and Lonzo Ball Meet the Press

UCLA's two super freshmen, TJ Leaf and Lonzo Ball met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming game with Kentucky. The young Bruins are asked what playing Kentucky already means and more. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:47

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming Kentucky game. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:27

Isaac Hamilton Talks Tournament

Before the Bruins played in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, UCLA senior guard Isaac Hamilton coming off an outstanding Pac 12 Tournament, met with the media to talk about coming NCAA Tournament and more. Enjoy!

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Monday, 20 March 2017 16:05

Bruins Advance To Sweet 16

Anigbogu I CincyUCLA (31-4) was able to overcome a three point deficit at the half to defeat Cincinnati (30-6), 79-67 and move onto the next round setting up a rematch with Kentucky (31-5), for a Sweet 16 blue blood matchup.

The Bearcats lived up to their reputation as a stellar defensive team, putting the clamps on UCLA’s high octane offense in the first-half, holding the Bruins to shooting 37.5 from the floor, well below their season average of 52.1 percent. The Bruins were well below their season average from beyond the arc, too, hitting on an icy 28.6 percent. UCLA’s season average from beyond the arc is 40.6 percent. The Bruins only scored 30 first-half points.

In contrast, Cincinnati hit on 50 percent of their shots from the field and 66 percent of their threes, but only held a slim, three point lead at the half, 33-30.

The question going into the break was, could the Bearcats hold the Bruins back for 20 more minutes? That question would soon be answered with a resounding no.

During the second stanza, the Bruins played more like the team that has thrilled their fans all season long. UCLA shared the basketball and shot 63.3 percent from the field and 50 percent hitting the three ball. 

UCLA played Bruin basketball, running and gunning with relentless offensive pressure. The Bearcats seemed to tire and the Bruins were getting and hitting their open shots. When the Bruins are hitting on all cylinders, they share and take care of the basketball.For the game, UCLA had 21 assists against only three turnovers. 

UCLA had five players score in double figures led by Lonzo Ball who scored a game high 18 points. The talented freshman just missed notching a double-double contributing a game high nine assists. Ball also tied for a team high, seven rebounds to go with two steals.

Bryce Alford shook off a slow first-half to score 16 points, 13 of which came in the second-half. He also logged three assists and had a steal. UCLA’s bigs, Thomas Welsh and TJ Leaf, each scored 11 points while coming down with seven boards. Isaac Hamilton added 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

The next time the Bruins hit the floor will Friday, in a rematch with Kentucky, who the Bruins beat earlier in the year when the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the nation. The tipoff is scheduled for 6:40PM PST and the game will played in Memphis at the FedEx Forum.

In an interesting sidebar, the Bruins have already played four of the remaining 16 teams in the tournament. Besides Kentucky, the Bruins have played Michigan while playing Arizona three times and Oregon twice. Add in USC, who lost in the second-round of Tournament and all four Bruin losses this came at the hands of NCAA Tournament teams.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:00

Thomas Welsh Meets the Press

UCLA junior center, Thomas Welsh is quietly having an outstanding season for the Bruins. He is gaining the reputation as a clutch performer. Welsh met with a conglomerate of media before heading to Sacramento to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 16:04

Bruins Win Round One

Leaf TJ Kent StUCLA (30-4) was able to outlast a scrappy and hustling Kent State (22-14) that gave the Bruins all they could handle for most of the game. The Golden Flashes whittled the lead down to four 54-50 with 16:04 in the second stanza when the Bruin offense took control of the game and hit 12 straight shots before finally missing one late in the game to win going away 97-80.

“Really pleased with our guys,” UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford said. “I thought we had a really good effort and were obviously very efficient offensively. At times, we were pretty good defensively, but we had some lapses”

“Kent State is a very good team and that first one is always the hardest. You get to figure out what the tournament is all about. Everybody is fighting for their life. Everybody knows there’s no tomorrow, if you don’t win the game.”

“Kent State puts a lot of pressure on you. They came in here very hot and I thought they did a lot of good things, it was a battle. When you look across the country, these games are just battles. They are hard. I thought our guys really battled and took Kent State’s best shot. I would like to congratulate Kent State, they had an outstanding season. They were a great challenge tonight and think our guys did a very good job meeting that challenge.”

After a cold shooting performance against Arizona, the Bruins were their usual productive selves on offense shooting 62.7 percent from the floor. UCLA shot 16 percent from three, against Arizona and bounced back to hit 50 percent from beyond the arc against Kent State. 

If there was point of concern it was rebounding. Kent State out rebounded the Bruins 36-33, but the Golden Flashes had 15 offensive boards to UCLA’s six. Alford pointed out that Kent State missed 40 shots, so they had a lot more opportunity to get offensive rebounds.

Alford also noted that, he and is coaching staff will look at the film to see if there is anything they can do to shore up UCLA’s defensive rebounding.

As usual, the Bruins had five players score in double figures led by freshman forward, TJ Leaf, who scored and tied for a game high 23 points. Kent State’s talented sophomore guard, Jalen Walker also scored 23.

Junior center, Thomas Welsh scored 16 points and had a team high eight boards. Freshman point guard Lonzo Ball scored 15 points, had six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard, Aaron Holiday had a double-double scoring 15 points and had a game high 11 assists. Senior guard Isaac Hamilton scored 14 points and chipped in six boards.

Junior forward, GG Golomon played 17 solid minutes in absence of freshman big Ike Anigbogu, who missed the game due to an injury suffered during Tuesday’s practice. Golomon scored 8 points, had boards, two blocked shots and a steal.

Games will get even tougher from here on out. The Bruins will tipoff against six seed Cincinnati, Sunday Evening approximately 6:20PM PST. The game will be nationally televised on TBS and will be broadcast on UCLA’s flagship radio station, AM 570.