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, 18 January 2018 15:11

Bruins Head To Corvallis

Holiday A OSUHow UCLA (13-5, 4-2) will bounce back after what was probably their worst game of the season remains to be seen. The Bruins head to Corvallis to play a tough Oregon State (10-7, 2-3) team that is coming off two tough road losses to Arizona and Arizona State.

The Pac-12 conference is a topsy-turvy league this season. Anyone can beat anybody anywhere. The Beavers beat Colorado at home and lost to Utah. That's just the way the Pac-12 is shaping up this season.

For the Bruins to get back into the winning column, they will have to do a better job on the offensive end. UCLA had a lot of trouble against Colorado that played a very aggressive zone then would switch up and play some man defense.

The Buffs held the Bruins to shoot 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and UCLA shot a horrific 44.4 percent from the line. UCLA was held to 59 points their lowest output of the season.

Thomas Welsh led the Bruins in scoring with 20 while Aaron Holiday and Kris Wilkes contributed 10 points each.

Before the surprising loss to CU, UCLA was playing their best basketball of the season. The Bruins will need to get back to ball movement and getting open looks on offense.

Oregon State has three players who average in double-figures. Sophomore forward, Tres Tinkle (6-8, 190) leads the Beavers in scoring averaging 18.2 points per game (ppg). He is also the son Oregon State head basketball coach, Wayne Tinkle, who is in his fourth season at the helm.

Junior guard, Stephen Thompson, Jr. (6-4, 190) averages 16.5 ppg and his dad is Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Thompson, Sr.

Junior forward, Drew Eubanks (6-10, 250) is the third OSU player to average in double figures (13.3) and he has the highest shooting percentage on the team hitting 63 percent of his shots.

Freshman guard, Ethan Thompson (6-5, 190) the son and the younger brother of the before mentioned Thompson’s, is averaging just under double-figures at 9.3 ppg.

The game will be played in Gill Coliseum, a venue that holds 9,604 fans. The tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Aaron Goldsmith handling the play-by-play and Doug Gottlieb analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 570 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:00

Thomas Welsh Makes No Excuses

UCLA senior big man, Thomas Welsh, came to play against CU and was on fire. His hot hand enabled the Bruins to get within four points of CU, but then the Bruins didn't get him the ball. Welsh took it upon himself for not getting open. He talks about that and more. Enjoy!


Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:28

Kris Wilkes Ready To Respond

UCLA freshman guard, Kris Wilkes, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss how the team responded after the disappointing loss to Colorado. Oregon State and more were also discussed. Enjoy!


Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:01

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media for his weekly presser. Enjoy!


Reno, Nev. - No. 4 UCLA scored 197.200 to take first place at Elevate the Stage, defeating No. 2 Utah (196.975), Washington (195.725) and Stanford (195.350).

 

The Bruins scored 49.4 on floor exercise and vault and clinched the meet with a 49.375 on uneven bars in the final rotation.

UCLA (4-0) began the meet with a 49.025 on balance beam, led by 9.825 scores by Brielle Nguyen in her UCLA competitive debut, Kyla Ross, and Christine Peng-Peng Lee. Katelyn Ohashi scored 9.8 in her first beam routine of the year, and Grace Glenn and Nia Dennis added 9.75s. Their beam score put the Bruins in third place after one rotation, behind Utah (49.3) and Stanford (49.175).

 

The Bruins took the lead after rotation two thanks to a 49.4 on floor exercise. Gracie Kramer and Ross led off with a pair of 9.9s for the second-straight meet. Ohashi scored 9.825, Dennis went 9.8, and Felicia Hano added a 9.875. Pauline Tratz closed the rotation with the Bruins' third 9.9 to give UCLA a two-event score of 98.425, moving into first place by 0.175 over Stanford after the Cardinal scored 49.075 on vault and 0.325 over Utah after the Utes scored 48.8 on beam.

 

Moving over to vault for rotation three, the Bruins knew they would need to improve upon their season-opening vault total of 48.4 to maintain their lead, and they improved by a full point, scoring 49.4. Sonya Meraz led off with a solid 9.8, and Dennis followed with a 9.85. Napualani Hall hit her Yurchenko 1.5 for a career-high tying 9.9, and Ross and Tratz followed with a pair of 9.875s. Hano matched Hall with a 9.9 on a Yurchenko 1.5, also a career-high, and the Bruins soared into the final rotation with a 147.825-147.550 lead over Utah. 

 

UCLA started strong on uneven bars with a leadoff 9.85 from JaNay Honest and back-to-back 9.825s from Dennis and Meraz. A fall by Katelyn Ohashi put some pressure on the back two, but when the back two are Ross and Lee, who each scored two perfect 10s on bars last year, the Bruins had every reason to remain confident. Ross answered with a 9.95, and Lee clinched the victory with a 9.925 for a team total of 49.375. Utah scored 49.425 on vault, but it was not enough to catch the Bruins.

   

UCLA returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20 in a dual meet at Arizona.

 

Team Results

1) UCLA 197.200

2) Utah 196.975

3) Washington 195.725

4) Stanford 195.350

 

VAULT Results

1) MyKayla Skinner (Utah) 9.950, Elizabeth Price (Stanford) 9.950

3) Napualani Hall (UCLA) 9.900, Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.900, MaKenna Merrell-Giles (Utah) 9.900

 

BARS Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.950, MyKayla Skinner (Utah) 9.950

3) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.925

 

BEAM Results

1) Elizabeth Price (Stanford) 9.850

2) Brielle Nguyen (UCLA) 9.825, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.825, Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.825, MyKayla Skinner (Utah) 9.825, Lauren Navarro (Stanford) 9.825

 

FLOOR Results

1) MyKayla Skinner (Utah) 9.975

2) MaKenna Merrell-Giles (Utah) 9.950, Elizabeth Price (Stanford) 9.950

 

All-Around Results

1) MyKayla Skinner (Utah) 39.700

2) Elizabeth Price (Stanford) 39.650

3) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 39.550

Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:10

Buffalos Stampede Bruins, 68-59

Welsh T CU 011318UCLA (13-5, 4-2) picked a bad night to come out flat offensively because a motivated Colorado (11-7, 3-3) team came to play, and led from the opening bucket to the buzzer ending the game, defeating the Bruins, 68-59.

“That’s probably as disappointing as we’ve played all year,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “Our effort was poor, we were flat. I give Colorado an awful lot of credit that really played hard and executed better.

“Outside of Tom [Welsh] we really just didn’t have much as far as a good concentrated effort. I take responsibility for that. It’s our job as coaches to make sure we are ready to play. And it’s not just that we weren’t ready to play, we had low energy and low effort. That’s hard to watch.

“That was the worst offensively we’ve been all year and again I give Colorado a lot of credit for what they were able to do defensively.”

The Buffalos played with intensity on defense and harassed Bruin point guard Aaron Holiday all night and never really allowed Holiday get into any offensive rhythm and thus UCLA struggled on offense. Case in point, UCLA’s 59 points was their lowest they have scored in a game all season.

“We were 8 of 18 from the line and 5 of 25 from three at home and only scored 59 points,” Alford said. “We weren’t perfect defensively tonight but in the second half, we were really good. Held them to 29 points and 36 percent shooting, we just couldn’t score.

“We got down and missed free throws, they made a layup then we missed one. They hit a wide-open three then we missed a three. There just wasn’t much going for us offensively and once again you have to give Colorado credit.”

The Buffalo defense held the Bruins to shoot 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and UCLA shot a putrid 44.4 percent from the line.

Thomas Welsh led the Bruins in scoring with 20 while Aaron Holiday and Kris Wilkes contributed 10 points each.

CU received a royal effort from senior guard George King, who had a game-high 26 points and was blistering hot from beyond the three-point arc hitting 6-10 from the three. King also had a game-high 10 boards to earn a double-double.

What makes this loss so perplexing is the Bruins were on a roll and were playing their best basketball of the season. To come out with the type performance UCLA displayed against Colorado is mind-numbing. Alford searches for an explanation.

“We have a lot of young guys going through this for the first time so maybe it’s understanding success,” Alford said. “One of the things we told them was, try to understand, why we did play so well against Utah.

“We had great energy, great effort, good togetherness and fought. We didn’t have any of that tonight. When you don’t do that in league play you’re going to get beat. I thought we were really out of sync offensively probably the entire night.”

The Bruins will be hitting the road and will next play Oregon State (10-7, 2-3) Thursday Evening (Jan.18) in Corvallis. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.