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.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 15:01

Bruins Head Boulder

Holiday A WSU010416UCLA (19-9, 10-6) will try to get that all evasive 20th win when they tipoff against Colorado (15-13, 7-9) at 1:00 PM PST in the thin air of Boulder. This will not be an easy task for the Bruins, who already lost to the Buffs in Pauley Pavilion giving CU their only road conference victory of the season.

At home, the Buffs are an entirely different basketball team. Their home record is 11-3 while on the road CU is 1-9 during conference play.

The Bruins cannot come out of the box the way they did when they played the Buffs at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins came out flat offensively and the Buffs played outstanding defense to make matters worse.

In the first game, CU held UCLA to shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and a putrid 44.4 percent from the line. Usually when UCLA loses they don’t get the job done from the line and are sloppy with the basketball. The first time around against CU, the Bruins probably played their worst game of the year, both offensively and defensively.

The CU loss earlier in the season came at a time when it looked like the Bruins had figured things out and were playing their best basketball of the season. UCLA was coming off arguably their best game of the season defeating Utah two days earlier. After being drubbed by CU in January, the Bruins then went on the road and were swept by the two Oregon schools.

The Bruins can’t let senior guard George King have the kind of game he had in Pauley Pavilion when they had no clue how to stop him. King had a game-high 26 points, was blistering hot from beyond the three-point arc hitting 6-10 from the three and had a game-high 10 boards to earn a double-double.

After getting beat by USC on Wednesday, the Buffs are on a three-game losing streak making them even more dangerous.

Against Utah on Thursday, UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10. The Bruins have come up with their A-game or will have to beat red-hot USC, who swept the mountain schools on the road, at the Galen Center next Saturday to claim their 20th victory.

The CU game is huge.

The game will be televised on ESPNU at 1:00 PM PST with Roxy Bernstein handling the play-by-play and Corey Williams analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on the Bruin flagship station AM 57 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray behind the mics.

Friday, 23 February 2018 15:24

UCLA Loses To Utah

Holiday A UU022218Utah (18-9, 10-6) extended their winning streak to five games by beating UCLA (19-9, 10-6) in a hard-fought, 84-78 victory. The Utes were able to hold on denying a heroic Bruin comeback in the second-half.

While trading by 14 points the Bruins were able to make things as close as one point, but a huge three by Utah guard Parker Van Dyke pushed the Utes up by four and the Bruins couldn’t quite climb the mountain.

When the Bruins lose close ones it is always the same things that add to their demise. Not hitting free throws, key turnovers and lapses on defense are usually culprits in a Bruin defeat.

UCLA had a long lapse in the first-half and the beginning of the second-half that led to that 14-point deficit that led ultimately to the Bruin defeat.

“We just didn’t defend in the first half, like we’ve got to defend,” Steve Alford said. “I thought that we were better defensively in the second half. Offensively, I liked how we attacked their zone. I thought that we got some good looks and did a good job in a lot of different areas. We just had a stretch there in the first half where we were not very good, defensively.

“Not very good during that stretch. That’s a stretch in the game where I didn’t like anything about our defense. We have to got to figure out why, and we’ve talked about it. We have talked about it, very consistently throughout the year, that 30 to 32 minutes, we have the ability to defend at a high level. But it’s those eight minutes that always get us. It got us again. It got us at Arizona State, and then it got us again today.”

The Utes had excellent ball movement and offensive flow. Utah had four players that scored in double-figures. Led by David Collette, who was a perfect 9-9 from the floor and scored a team-high 21 points. Van Dyke scored 18 points, Justin Bibbins notched a double-double scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists. Tyler Rawson contributed 12 points.

UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10.

The Bruins have two games left on their slate for this season. Next up will be Colorado in Boulder. Tipoff is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1:00 PM PST. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 23:51

Kris Wilkes Meets the Press

UCLA true frosh guard, Kris Wilkes, met with the press to talk about the coming road trip. Wilkes talks about playing in elevation and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 22 February 2018 15:21

Bruins Ready To Take On Utes

Holiday A USC020416When UCLA (19-8, 10-5) and Utah (17-9, 9-6) tipoff at approximately 6:05 PM PST, it will be a contest against two of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 Conference.

The Utes have won four straight games including their second sweep on the road against to the two Washington schools. Utah’s sweep was their second on the road this season and the Utes are the only Pac-12 team to accomplish this feat.

The Bruins have won six out of seven. UCLA’s only loss during that span was to Arizona State on the road after the huge win against Pac-12 front-runner, Arizona.

To set up this all-important road trip the Bruins swept the two Oregon schools and closed the homestand with a thrilling overtime victory over the Ducks. UCLA almost let that game slip away letting the Ducks back in a game after having a commanding lead.

If the Oregon game said anything about the Bruins, is they are a different team when Aaron Holiday is on the bench. UCLA fell apart when the star junior point guard was forced to the bench due to foul trouble. It was during that time the Ducks were able to get back into the game.

Holiday and Thomas Welsh led the way for the Bruins. Holiday led all scorers with 29 points. Welsh recorded his 16th double-double of the season scoring 14 points, including a huge three-pointer, which would ultimately be his last made shot on Pauley Pavilion as a Bruin. Welsh also had 14 boards. Kris Wilkes went for 19 points and Prince Ali was solid off the bench adding 11 to help the Bruins get the win.

When the Bruins and the Utes last met, the Bruins played one of their best games of the season, especially in the second-half. Holiday led the Bruins scoring 20 points, Wilkes added 19 points and Ali chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds.

The key for the Bruins - they shot 52 percent (12-of-23) from 3-point range defeating Utah 83-64. UCLA led at halftime, 41-33, and never saw its cushion fall to any fewer than eight points in the second half.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Dave Pasch handling the play-by-play and his partner will be UCLA all-time great, Bill Walton who will analyze the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on AM 1150 Radio with Josh Lewin and another Bruin great UCLA Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 02:29

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 8 Oregon State

Full Notes (PDF):http://uclabruins.com/documents/2018/2/21//8_MeetNotes.pdf


No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 8 Oregon State

Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 – 3 p.m. (PT)

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion)

Television: Pac-12 Network

TV Talent: Jim Watson (play-by-play), Samantha Peszek (analyst)

Live Stats:uclabruins.com

Tickets: $12 (UCLA students are free)

Ticket Promotion: $2 ticket with online promo code GREEN

Giveaways: UCLA Gymnastics reusable water bottle, to first 1,000 fans



No. 3 UCLA (9-2, 3-1 in the Pac-12) hosts No. 8 Oregon State (4-2, 3-2 in the Pac-12) in the Bruins’ fifth meet against a Top 10 team this season. The meet will take place on Sunday, Feb. 25 in Pauley Pavilion and will be televised live at 3 pm on the Pac-12 Network, with Jim Watson and Samantha Peszek calling the action. 



Sunday’s meet will begin at 3 pm, with the first vault scheduled for 3:06 pm. Doors open at 2:00 pm and pre-meet festivities begin at 2:40 pm. Pauley Pavilion has a clear bag policy. One large clear bag, either a one gallon Ziploc style bag or a 12’ by 6” by 12” clear bag, or a small clutch may be allowed into the arena. Increased screening through the use of electronic security equipment will be used at all entry gates. For more information, visit uclabruins.com/pauleygamedayinfo.       



Tickets for UCLA home meets are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office and at Ticketmaster. UCLA students are free with ID and eligible to win a raffle prize each home meet. This week’s prize is a 360 camera. Sunday’s meet is a “green meet”, as the Bruins will celebrate the environment and sustainability. $2 tickets are available online through Ticketmaster using the promo code GREEN. The first 1,000 fans at the meet will receive a UCLA Gymnastics reusable water bottle. Additionally, “Together We Rise” teal wristbands and team posters will be distributed to the first 500 fans at the North Doors.   



With LSU scoring a pair of 198s last weekend, the Bruins dropped one spot to No. 3 in the national rankings with a season average of 197.357. UCLA has scored 197+ in each of the last six meets and holds a season-high of 197.950, set against No. 1 Oklahoma on Feb. 4. The Bruins are Top 5 on every event - first on beam, third on bars, fourth on floor, and fifth on vault. Beginning next week, rankings will be based on Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), which takes teams’ Top 6 scores, three of which must be on the road, throwing out the high and averaging the remaining five.  



UCLA moved into first in the national rankings on balance beam, averaging 49.379. The Bruins have three gymnasts ranked in the Top 10 - No. 2 Christine Peng-Peng Lee (9.917), No. 4 Katelyn Ohashi (9.904) and No. 9 Kyla Ross (9.885). All six gymnasts who have been regulars in the beam lineup have scored at least 9.9 this year. Brielle Nguyen has a career-best of 9.9 in the leadoff position. Madison Kocian has a season-high of 9.925 and career-high of 9.95. Grace Glenn has scored 9.95 twice this year. Ohashi has scored two perfect 10s in her career and has a season-high of 9.95. Ross also has two career perfect 10s and a season-best of 9.975, and Lee has scored three beam 10s, including two this year.  



UCLA’s highest season average on any one event is 49.382, on floor exercise. The Bruins have scored 49.4 or higher in four meets, with a high of 49.675 set Feb. 4 vs. Oklahoma. That mark was the fifth-highest floor score in school history and the highest since the Bruins scored 39.700 on Mar. 7, 2004. UCLA has four gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 nationally - No. 5 Felicia Hano (9.925), No. 13 Napualani Hall (9.9), No. 19 Katelyn Ohashi (9.888) and No. 22 Kyla Ross (9.885). UCLA tumbling on floor has been impressive, with Gracie Kramer doing a front double full-punch front, Ross starting with a whip-double back, Hall a 1.5 through to a double back, Hano and Ohashi starting with double layouts, Nia Dennis with a double Arabian and Pauline Tratz with a full-in.              



Junior Katelyn Ohashi became the fifth Bruin to win Pac-12 Specialist of the Week honors this season after scoring 9.9 or better on all three events she competed last week, including a 9.975 to tie for first place on floor exercise. Ohashi also tied for first on balance beam with a 9.925 and tied her season-high on uneven bars with a second-place score of 9.9. The Specialist of the Week award was her first this year and third in her career. UCLA has won all seven Pac-12 Specialist of the Week awards this season and the last 12 in a row, dating back to last year. The other award-winners for UCLA this year have been Christine Peng-Peng Lee (three times), Grace Glenn, Felicia Hano and Napualani Hall.



Freshman Nia Dennis put the lead in leadoff against Utah Feb. 18, starting the Bruins out on both vault and uneven bars with meet-winning scores of 9.95 and 9.925, respectively. Dennis kicked off the meet with a perfect score on her Yurchenko layout full vault, which has a start value of 9.95, helping the Bruins take the first rotation lead with a 49.45. On uneven bars in rotation two, she led off with a career-high 9.925 to take first place and lead UCLA to a team score of 49.3. The event wins were the first of her career. 



The three 10s scored by the Bruins’ Christine Peng-Peng Lee (beam), Felicia Hano (floor) and Katelyn Ohashi (floor)on Feb. 4 were the most in a single meet since three were scored on Mar. 7, 2004 by Jeanette Antolin (vault and floor) and Yvonne Tousek (bars) … Hano and Ohashi became the first pair of Bruins to score back-to-back 10s on floor since Kate Richardson and Antolin on Feb. 22, 2004 … The six 10s were the most in Pauley Pavilion since there were eight scored by five gymnasts at the 2002 UCLA Invitational, including three by UCLA’s Jamie Dantzscher … Lee scored her second consecutive perfect 10 on beam, joining Ohashi as the only Bruins ever to record perfect 10s on beam in consecutive meets … Lee has three perfect 10s on beam in her career, one off the school record of four set by Richardson … Lee’s five overall perfect 10s are tied for sixth-most in school history … Ohashi is just the fourth Bruin ever to score a perfect 10 on both beam and floor, joining Kristen Maloney, Mohini Bhardwaj, and Richardson.   



Felicia Hano’s floor exercise routine this season is a legacy routine originally performed by All-American Sydney Sawa in 2014 and passed down to Hano. Sawa scored a perfect 10 on that routine on Feb. 22, 2014, and was, in fact, the last UCLA gymnast to score a perfect 10 on floor until Hano did it with the same routine on Feb. 4, 2018.



Identical twins Anna and Grace Glenn competed in a meet together for the first time as Bruins on Feb. 10 at Cal. Anna made her collegiate competitive debut on vault, scoring 9.8. Grace, who has competed on beam in every meet this year, tied for first place on beam with a career-high-tying 9.95 to capture her second beam victory of the season. Both competed again on Feb. 18 against Utah, with Anna scoring 9.8s on vault and on exhibition bars and beam performances and Grace scoring 9.875 on beam. The twins sat out all of last season with a torn labrum, which was injured on the same skill in preseason.   



Two-time Olympic medalist and three-time World champion Madison Kocian is making her way back to the 2017 form that saw her earn four All-America honors. Kocian, who returned to competition on Jan. 20 after undergoing shoulder surgery in August, has competed in the last five meets on balance beam and scored 9.9 or higher the past two meets, with a season-high 9.925 at Cal on Feb. 10. Kocian had an impressive freshman campaign despite competing with a torn labrum that she suffered at the 2016 Olympic Trials. She competed in the all-around in all but two meets in 2017 and amassed a total of 16 individual victories, including the NCAA Regional bars and floor titles.                  



UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field surpassed 500 career coaching victories with the Bruins’ win at Metroplex Jan. 27. The Pac-12 Gymnastics Coach of the Century now holds a career coaching record of 503-120-3 (.806) in 28 years as UCLA’s head coach. Kondos Field has won six NCAA Championships and four national coach of the year honors, and in 2010, she became the second active coach ever to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.       



UCLA’s newcomers have been strong this season. Nia Dennis has averaged 39.233 in the all-around, with a high of 39.425 set Feb. 10 at Cal, where she also recorded career-highs on bars (9.9) and beam (9.875). She had a standout meet on Feb. 18 against Utah, scoring career-highs of 9.95 on vault and 9.925 on bars to win her first two career events. Competing on two events in every meet, Pauline Tratz averages 9.850 on vault and 9.854 on floor and has career-highs of 9.925 on each event. Redshirt freshman Grace Glenn has competed on beam in each meet, averaging 9.843, and won Pac-12 Specialist of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 9.95 at Arizona. Junior transfer Brielle Nguyen tied for second on beam with a 9.825 leadoff routine at Elevate the Stage in her UCLA competitive debut and tied her career-high with a 9.9 vs. Oklahoma. Savannah Kooyman made her competitive debut at the Metroplex Challenge and contributed a clutch 9.825 as the anchor on bars. Kooyman competed in two events at Cal, scoring a career-high 9.875 on bars and 9.825 in her floor debut. Anna Glenn also made her UCLA competitive debut at Cal, scoring 9.8 on vault.     



UCLA continues to showcase its depth, competing 14 gymnasts against Utah and at Metroplex and a season-high 15 in the win at Cal. A total of 17 Bruins performed at Cal, with Mercedez Sanchez and Kendal Poston performing exhibition routines. At Arizona, 13 Bruins competed, with six different gymnasts taking home individual titles (Katelyn Ohashi in the all-around with a career-high 39.45 and on beam with a 9.95; Felicia Hano on vault and floor with 9.9s; Kyla Ross on bars with a 9.925, Grace Glenn and Christine Peng-Peng Lee tying for first with Ohashi on beam, and Pauline Tratz tying Hano for first on floor).                             



UCLA has scored 49+ on beam in its last 20 meets and 49+ on floor in its last 14 meets … The Bruins have scored 49.525 or better on beam in four of their last five meets … Sonya Meraz has competed in 45 straight meets, and JaNay Honest has competed in 35 straight … Christine Peng-Peng Lee has scored 9.9 or higher on bars in 14 of her last 20 meets and has won beam in six of her last seven meets, dating back to last season … Kyla Ross has scored 9.9 or higher on bars in 15 of her last 17 meets … Associate head coach Chris Waller improved to 3-1 in his career as acting head coach when he led the Bruins to a season-opening win over Ohio State as head coach Valorie Kondos Field was out with the flu.



The Bruins will travel to Nebraska to face the Huskers, Iowa State, and Kent State on Sunday, Mar. 4 at 2 pm CT.

UCLA junior gymnast Katelyn Ohashi has been named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the first time this season and third time in her career.


Ohashi scored 9.9 or higher on three events on Sunday against Utah, tying for first place on floor exercise with a 9.975 and on balance beam with a 9.925. She also tied her season-high in placing second on uneven bars with a 9.9. Ohashi's scores moved her up in the national rankings to No. 4 on beam and No. 19 on floor. She has averaged 9.967 on floor in her last three meets.


UCLA has won all seven Pac-12 Specialist of the Week awards this season and the last 12 in a row dating back to last year. Christine Peng-Peng Lee has won the award three times this year, and Ohashi, Napualani Hall, Grace Glenn and Felicia Hano have won once.


Joining Ohashi in winning the weekly awards is Gymnast of the Week MyKayla Skinner of Utah and Freshman of the Week Cairo Leonard-Baker of Arizona State.

No. 3 UCLA will host No. 8 Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 pm in Pauley Pavilion.


Also Nominated:

Gymnast of the Week: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Destinee Davis, OSU; Elizabeth Price, STAN; Kyla Ross, UCLA; Hailey Burleson, WASH.

Specialist of the Week: Morgan Wilson, ASU; Alicia Gallarzo, CAL; Mary Jacobsen, OSU; Catherine Rogers, STAN; Malory Rose, WASH.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Kyana George, CAL; Kaitlyn Yanish, OSU; Kyla Bryant, STAN; Nia Dennis, UCLA; Alexia Burch, UTAH.


2018 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week

Jan. 9: MyKayla Skinner, Utah; Jan. 16: MyKayla Skinner, Utah; Jan. 23: Elizabeth Price, Stanford; Jan. 30: Kyla Ross, UCLA; Feb. 6: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Utah; Feb. 13: MyKayla Skinner, Utah; Feb. 20: MyKayla Skinner, Utah.


2018 Pac-12 Specialist of the Week

Jan. 9: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Jan. 16: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Jan. 23: Grace Glenn, UCLA; Jan. 30: Christine Peng-Peng Lee, UCLA; Feb. 6: Felicia Hano, UCLA; Feb. 13: Napualani Hall, UCLA; Feb. 20: Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA.


2018 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week

Jan. 9: Kyana George, California; Jan. 16: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Jan. 23: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Jan. 30: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU; Feb. 6: Rachael Flam, Stanford; Feb. 13: Kyla Bryant, Stanford; Feb. 20: Cairo Leonard-Baker, ASU.