The Maryland staff has already extended a trio of offers to local 2018 hoops recruits, and they could be on the verge of handing out a fourth. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) sophomore shooting guard/wing Kiyon Boyd has steadily progressed during the course of the year and is now receiving high-major interest from numerous programs. The Terps, for their part, have sent assistant Dustin Clark out to watch the 6-foot-4 Boyd, who was actually just at the Maryland-Iowa game Jan. 28.
“I honestly didn’t know how good Kiyon was before he came to Woodson, but since we got him he’s been very impressive,” said Woodson coach Trey Mines, who also heads the Team Loaded AAU program. “Physically, I think he’s one of the better sophomores in the area, and he’s a true sophomore at 15 years old.
“Just his athleticism, his body -- he’s very advanced. He handles the ball well, he’s very strong and can overpower you, he has a beautiful jump shot and his IQ for the game is great.”
Boyd spent his first year at Dunbar (Washington, D.C.), but only played in six games due to academic challenges that precluded him from participating. He transferred to Woodson after the season in order to be in the Warriors’ structured study-hall program.
“And he’s doing much better academically and has a full season under his belt,” said Mines, who noted that Boyd averaged 15 points and 8.6 rebounds this year, while recording nine double-doubles. “Kiyon’s just done so well since he’s been here.
“Now, he does have things he needs to work on like any sophomore. He has so many moves and can do so many different things with the basketball, but for him to make it at the next level he has to work on his straight-line drive. He has to develop that burst and step to the basket. He has the tools to do it, but he has to do it consistently. And then he just has to dominate the game from start to finish consistently.”
Since arriving at Woodson, Boyd has procured offers from Towson, JMU, Hofstra and Bowling Green. Meanwhile, high-majors such as Maryland, Xavier, Kansas State, Providence, Georgetown and others are taking notice.
“There’s coaches coming in all the time and saying, ‘Hey, we love this kid,’” said Mines, who mentioned Boyd hasn’t selected an AAU squad yet. “This summer will be big for Kiyon, just to show what he can do against the best competition. But these coaches really like his game, and I expect he’s going to have plenty of options.
“And I do think Maryland will offer him. To me, it’s a no-brainer offer for sure. I think they definitely want to see him more, but I do think they’ll offer. Dustin [Clark] came out to see him, and I think he’ll be back to watch one more of our games depending on Maryland’s schedule.”
Mines attended the Terps’-Iowa game with Boyd, which was the first college basketball game the recruit had seen live. The Woodson coach said his sophomore wing was in awe.
“We sat right behind the bench and Kiyon loved it. For a kid like him, a true inner-city kid, you don’t always think those things can happen. But at Woodson we’ve made some of those things happen, and it was almost like a dream come true for him being in that atmosphere at Maryland,” Mines said. “It was eye-opening for me seeing Kiyon there, and in his eyes you could tell he was just loving it. At one point he came over to me and was like, ‘Hey coach, they’re doing this like we do.’ He was really engaged and paying attention, which was great to see. And I actually think since he’s been in that atmosphere and seen what was possible, Kiyon’s working even harder now. He is more focused because he sees what could happen for him.”
After the game, Boyd and the other recruits had a chance to meet head coach Mark Turgeon, the rest of the staff and several players.
“Coach Turgeon thanked the guys for coming out, and Kiyon was just really excited to shake his hand and meet some of the players,” Mines said. “It was a terrific experience for him.
“Maryland is like a dream school for Kiyon. Being in the DMV and watching Maryland, it’s a local school he’d love to play for. He’d never been in that kind of environment, and he loved it.”