Sophomore shooting guard Kiyon Boyd (Woodson/Washington, D.C.) is one of the hottest 2018 recruits in the DMV with more than 16 offers to date after two April live sessions. And on May 11, following a visit to College Park, Md., the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder added a coveted hometown offer, which he called “really big.”
“Kiyon was really, really, really excited to get a Maryland offer. He texted me as soon as he got the offer and I could tell how enthused he was,” said Woodson’s head coach, Trey Mines. “That’s one, for a kid growing up in this area, kids are really high on Maryland and schools like that around here. Kiyon has an abundance of offers, but I think this one meant a little bit more because of the state of the program right now.
“Maryland is on the rise, and Coach [Mark] Turgeon is doing a great job. Maryland is just at that higher level right now, and it’s a very attractive option for a local kid like Kiyon. This was like a dream offer for him, and when he got it he said he’s just going to focus even more and grind even harder. He’s focused and out to prove he deserves [the offer]."
Mines said Turgeon, along with area recruiter Dustin Clark, came through the Woodson gym to watch Boyd work out a month or so ago. Then, Turgeon personally scouted the budding two-guard on the Adidas Gauntlet in Atlanta, Ga., with Team Loaded.
“Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark just really love Kiyon’s toughness,” Mines said. “They think he’s so physically mature for a 15-year old. With his size, power and skills, he brings a variety of assets to the table. And also being a hometown kid, he’s a very appealing kid for Maryland to recruit and keep home.
“So Dustin, he’s a really good guy, and he’s been coming all year to see Kiyon. Kiyon can’t really talk to him yet, but I know [Boyd] likes him. And Coach Turgeon, he saw [Boyd] in person twice and was just really impressed with how Kiyon has developed.”
Mines went on to say Boyd had a great time during his trek through College Park May 11. The head coach has taken his budding shooting guard to Terps’ games before (Boyd had previously raved about the Xfinity Center and the fan atmosphere), but this time the Woodson product had a chance to see the campus and meet the staff on a more personal level.
“Kiyon really, really liked it up there. Touring around the school and being around the coaches, he felt really good up there,” Mines said. “He’s been to Georgetown before too, and I know he liked some of their new facilities, but I could tell he just got a really good feeling being at Maryland [May 11]. I think the coaches left a big impression on him.”
Next up, Boyd is heading to Xavier, which recently offered, in June. Mines said he’s unsure where his sophomore guard will be heading after that, mainly because college coaches can’t really begin building relationships with 2018 recruits until June 15.
Even so, Boyd’s procured a number of attractive high-major looks he’d like to evaluate and perhaps visit down the line. During the last few weeks, he’s picked up Florida, Baylor, Auburn, Providence, VCU, Xavier, Va Tech and Maryland. Those are in addition to earlier verbals from Georgetown, Cincinnati, Louisville and Penn State.
“Kiyon did really well as a 15 year old playing up on the 17U squad this April, and he opened a lot of eyes,” said Mines, who also coaches Team Loaded. “He did extremely well adjusting to the age difference. In Dallas, he really looked like he belonged, just being a physically imposing two-guard. Then, in Atlanta, he had his highlight when he dunked over a 6-9 kid. I mean, he threw down right overtop this kid. So that was really impressive, and after that my phone started blowing up and the offers started rolling in.
“So it’s been crazy for him so far, and I expect in July he’s going to get even more offers when AAU play resumes again.”