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.

Saturday, 13 January 2018 15:00

Bruins To Welcome Buffs

Wilkes K UWUCLA (13-4, 4-1) will try to keep their momentum going when Colorado (10-7, 2-3) arrives in Pauley Pavilion for a Saturday Evening (Jan. 13) matchup. The Bruins are coming off two very impressive victories against Cal 107-84 and Utah 83-64 and are probably playing their best basketball of the year.

Against Utah, the Bruins shot 51.8 percent from the field, 52.2 percent from beyond the arc and were outstanding at the foul line hitting 86.7 percent.

Four Bruins scored in double-figures against the Utes, led by Aaron Holiday, who had game highs in points (20) and a team-high in assists (6). Holiday is playing as well as anyone in college basketball right now.

Kris Wilkes scored 19 points and had a game-high, four steals. Prince Ali scored 13 points and had a game-high nine rebounds, which is also Ali’s career best. Jaylen Hands scored 12 points off the bench.

The Buffaloes are coming off 70-58 loss to USC and have lost their last seven road games dating back to the 2016-17 season, but their last two home games were wins against ranked teams, Arizona and Arizona State.

The probable starters for CU are freshman guard McKinley Wright IV (6-0, 185) who averages 15.6 points per game. He also leads the team in assists, averaging 5.2 assists per game (apg) and he averages a respectable 4.8 rebounds per game (rpg). Senior guard, George King (6-6, 225 ) averages 13.5 ppg and leads the team in rebounding grabbing 8.2 rpg. Junior guard, Namon Wright (6-5, 205) averages 12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.1 apg. Freshman forward, Tyler Bey (6-7, 206) averages 5.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Freshman forward Dallas Walton (7-0, 230) averages 4.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg.

Tipoff for the contest is scheduled for 7:36 PM PST and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein doing the play-by-play, Bruin great Don MacLean analyzing the action, and Lewis Johnson reporting from the sideline.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game along your radio dial on the Bruin flagship station AM 570 with Josh Lewin and another UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Friday, 12 January 2018 15:16

Bruins Roll Utes, 83-64

Wilkes K UU011218UCLA (13-4, 4-1) came out fast playing the kind of basketball they do when things go well, and things did go very well, beating Utah (10-6, 2-3) very solidly, 83-64.

The Bruins took good, open shots and it showed on the stat sheet. UCLA shot 51.8 percent from the field, 52.2 percent from beyond the arc and was outstanding from the foul line hitting 86.7 percent from the charity stripe.

UCLA was dominating from the beginning of the game never looking back. GG Golomon hit his first, which was a three and then from that opening basket, UCLA never trailed. Utah made a good run to get within three points in the first-half, but the Bruins closed out strong to lead, 41-33 at the break

“Extremely pleased as I thought we played some really good basketball tonight,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “We had good effort as we played great to start the game, great start to end the half, great start to the second half and great start to end the game. Those are the things you have to do to win.

“Can you start both halves and end both halves? I thought those four four-minute segments were huge. How we start the half, how we closed the half and how we started the second half were going to make it really difficult for them. I thought we were active defensively. Offensively, we took care of the ball, took good shots and made them.”

Four Bruins scored in double-figures, led by the amazing Aaron Holiday, who had game highs in points (20) and a team-high in assists (6).

“There are not many players in the nation better than him [Holiday],” Alford said. “He’s controlling the game now. I think where he has really grown in his feel of the game, of how you can take over a game, other than just scoring. He’s doing that.

“Not only did he have 20 points and six assists, but he is guarding [Utah’s Justin] Bibbins. It’s not like we have to put him somewhere else to conserve energy or try to keep him out of foul trouble. He’s really smart and goes about his business. He started the season slow shooting the basketball and now they’re starting to go in like they were his first two years.

“Aaron does a lot of good things for us. He’s been extremely coachable over the years and he’s just grown and matured. He’s really helping our young guys a lot.”

Though Holiday is the straw that mixes the drink there are other ingredients that are helping this team win. Against Utah, Kris Wilkes scored 19 points and had a game-high, four steals. Prince Ali scored 13 points and had a game-high nine rebounds, which is also Ali’s career best. Jaylen Hands scored 12 points off the bench.

This UCLA team keeps getting better on both ends of the floor. Two of their losses this season, Michigan and Stanford were winnable games.

The Bruins will welcome the other team from the mountainsColorado (10-7, 2-3) this coming Saturday, Jan. 13. Tipoff in Pauley Pavilion is scheduled for 7:30 PM PST and will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:12

Thomas Welsh Meets the Press

UCLA senior big Thomas Welsh met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the mask he's been wearing since the Stanford game. He was on fire against Cal, mask and all. Welsh also talks about the upcoming Utah game. Enjoy!


Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:05

Bruins To Host Utes

Holiday A UKyUCLA (12-4, 3-1) is back at Pauley Pavilion to host Utah (10-5, 2-2) the tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST. While the Bruins split their road trip to the Bay Area, the Utes were swept at home against Arizona and Arizona State.

The Bruins lost in frustrating fashion against Stanford, last week. If UCLA would have hit just one free-throw, they missed their last five straight during regulation, the Bruins would have left the Bay Area with a sweep.

The way the Bruins lost against the Cardinal could have demoralized them, but they came out on fire. After the Bears scored the first deuce, UCLA went on a 13-0 run and ended up blowing out the Bears, 107-84

The Bruins answered the bell in Berkeley the way you would hope they would after the disheartening double-overtime loss to Stanford on Thursday.

When UCLA is playing winning basketball, they will play good defense and their share the ball. Against Cal, the Bruins hit 58.2 percent from the floor, an outstanding 56.7 from beyond the three-point arc and vast improvement at the foul line, hitting 78.8 percent of their free-throws.

UCLA had six players in double figures and probably would have had seven if GG Golomon wasn’t in foul trouble. Golomon scored nine points before fouling out. He also had a game-high three blocked shots.

Aaron Holiday came up big again leading the Bruins in scoring and was second in assists, scoring 21 points and contributing five assists.

Thomas Welsh notched his tenth double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Kris Wilkes scored 16 points, Prince Ali scored 15, and Alex Olesinski had a career-high 14 points.

Jaylen Hands was outstanding off the bench playing a well-round game scoring 11 points, a game-high eight assists, against only one turnover and had a game-high three steals.

Utah lost two tough games at home after beating the two Oregon schools on the road to open Pac-12 play. Winning on the road is tough in conference play, but the Utes so far this season have been an outlier, losing both home games and winning both road games. The Bruins hope they give the Utes their first conference road loss of the season.

The Utes have five players who are averaging scoring in double-figures, so they do a good job sharing the ball.

Senior forward, David Collette (6-10, 220) leads the Utes in scoring averaging 13.6 points per game (ppg), but their offense goes through senior point guard, Justin Bibbins (5-8, 150), who is averaging 13.1 ppg and leads the team in assists, averaging 4.7 assists per game.

Junior guard Sedrick Barefield (6-2, 190) chips in 11.5 ppg and has been shooting the ball well of late. Senior forward, Tyler Rawson (6-10, 225) averages 11.4 ppg and leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 6.3 boards a game. The Utes are glad to get freshman forward, Donnie Tillman (6-7, 225), who returned two games ago against Arizona. Tillman adds 10.2 ppg and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 Dave Pasch doing play-by-play and Bruin great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on your radio dial AM 1150 Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:51

All In The Family For Aaron Holiday

UCLA junior point guard, Aaron Holiday is having an outstanding season. When Holiday needs hoops advise he has to look no further than is very talented family. His two older brothers Justin and Holiday both play in the NBA. The younger Holiday talks about what it is like having two older siblings playing at the highest level in the world. Holiday also talks about the Bruin season thus far and the upcoming Utah game. Enjoy!


Monday, 08 January 2018 14:54

UCLA Gymnastics Beats Ohio State

UCLA Gymnastics Beats Ohio State in Season Opener, 196.250-193.200

Pac-12 Networks Recap/Highlights:https://youtu.be/vIW8TddoPIk

Complete Results:http://www.uclabruins.com/documents/2018/1/6/UCLA_OhioState.pdf

 

No. 6 UCLA shined on bars and floor in its 196.250-193.200 season-opening win over No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday. Kyla Ross, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2017 NCAA bars and beam champion, won the all-around, scoring three 9.9s on her way to a 39.5 total. Christine Peng-Peng Lee picked up where she left off last season, winning uneven bars with a 9.975 and balance beam with a 9.925.

 

The Bruins (1-0) were competing without head coach Valorie Kondos Field, who was ill with the flu, but the team took inspiration from one of her life mottos.

 

"We talked about going out there for Val and how one of her biggest and most important things about life is to allow yourself to be as big and as bold as you can be and perform and have no fear of mistakes," said associate head coach Chris Waller. "I think overall, the team did an amazing job of doing that."

 

UCLA had a slow start to the meet, as two vaulters fell doing 10.0-start value vaults, dropping the Bruins' score to 48.500. Freshman Pauline Tratz in her Bruin debut led the team with a stuck Yurchenko full that scored 9.85 to place first overall. Felicia Hano hit her Yurchenko 1.5 vault for a 9.825 to tie for second place. 

 

The Bruins rebounded on uneven bars in rotation two, scoring 49.300, led by Lee's near-perfect score of 9.975 and Ross' 9.9. JaNay Honest and Nia Dennis contributed 9.825s, and Katelyn Ohashi, in her first uneven bars performance since 2016, scored 9.775.

 

UCLA scored 49.025 on balance beam in the third rotation, with Lee and Ross again leading the way with scores of 9.925 and 9.900, respectively. Grace Glenn made her UCLA debut after redshirting last season with a torn labrum and contributed a 9.725.

 

The final rotation on floor exercise was UCLA's time to shine, and they did just that with a 49.425. Gracie Kramer and Kyla Ross led off with back-to-back career-highs of 9.9 to tie for first place with Ohio State's Alexis Mattern. Ohashi, Hano, and Tratz each scored 9.875.

UCLA will be on the road for the next three weeks. The Bruins will next face Pac-12 foes Stanford, Utah, and Washington at Elevate the Stage in Reno, Nev. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

 

Team Results

1) UCLA 196.250

2) OHST 193.200

 

VAULT Results

1) Pauline Tratz (UCLA) 9.850

2) Olivia Aepli (OHST) 9.825, Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.825

 

BARS Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.975

2) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.900

3) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.825, JaNay Honest (UCLA) 9.825, Alexis Mattern (OHST) 9.825

 

BEAM Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.925

2) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.900

3) Jamie Stone (OHST) 9.800, Jenna Swartzentruber (OHST) 9.800

 

FLOOR Results

1) Gracie Kramer (UCLA) 9.900, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.900, Alexis Mattern (OHST) 9.900

 

ALL-AROUND Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 39.500

2) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 39.050

3) Alexis Mattern (OHST) 38.650, Stefanie Merkle (OHST) 38.650