Four-star shooting guard Kiyon Boyd (Woodson/Washington, D.C.) has established himself as one of the foremost 2018 backcourt recruits in the mid-Atlantic region, claiming looks from some of the nation’s top programs. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound bruiser recently added Arizona State and Tulane to a list that includes Maryland; Louisville; Florida; Baylor; Georgetown; Mizzou; SMU; Va Tech; VCU; Xavier; Miami; Cincinnati; PSU; and Marquette.
“You know, I’ve been working hard and just getting better each day,” said Boyd, who suits up for noted AAU squad Team Loaded. “Workouts have been going real good, and I’ve just been doing drills to get used to facing double-teams; getting through traffic to get to the basket; passing the ball better; and just getting my fundamentals down.
“Right now, I’d say I’m doing well finishing at the basket, and not only creating my own shot, but for my teammates as well. And I always take pride in my defense.”
While his mind is focused on his upcoming season, Boyd has delved a bit into recruiting of late. He was most recently at Maryland Oct. 22 for the Terps’ junior day event. It was Boyd’s fourth time on campus since last year, the D.C. product previously taking in a Maryland game; going on a tour; and then participating in a summer team event.
“The Maryland visit was a real good thing; I got out of my house and went right up to Maryland,” laughed Boyd. “Just seeing the dudes [recruits] from back home again, and some others from farther away, it was good to be around them. We got to walk around the campus, see the team scrimmage and talk to the coaches. It was a great experience.”
Boyd said his favorite part of the Oct. 22 stay was watching the team in action. He said he loved how Turgeon and Co. interacted with the players and acted as teachers.
“I really like how the team played, how they shot the ball and how the offense moved,” Boyd said. “But what stood out most was when Coach [Mark] Turgeon stopped the scrimmage and showed one of the players exactly how he wanted a play run. That caught my eye, because it showed that Coach Turgeon is a real hands-on coach, which I love.”
Boyd also offered up high praise for his UMD recruiter, Dustin Clark, who has been after the local prospect for more than a year. The four-star had a chance to reconnect with Clark and the rest of the staff Oct. 22.
“I love the coaches at Maryland and Coach Clark is a real cool dude. He’s good people,” Boyd said. “He comes up [to Woodson] and he’s always on me. We have a real good relationship, and he told me he’d want that to continue even if I wasn’t looking at Maryland. That’s the kind of guy he is – he cares about you as a person, which I love.
“And Coach Turgeon, he’s a great dude too. I love talking to him, and I think it’s a real good thing how he’s making the DMV guys a priority. I don’t know any other school that’s trying to do what he’s doing. Coach Turgeon wants his entire 2018 class to be from the DMV, and he tells us he thinks we can be real special. I thought that was really cool too. That sent a message to me.”
Boyd went on to praise the Maryland campus, the facilities and strength coach Kyle Tarp. He previously lauded the UMD fans and the atmosphere inside Xfinity Center.
“Maryland is definitely one of the programs that stands out. They’ve come to see me and really want me there,” Boyd said.
But the Terps aren’t the only ones who covet Boyd’s services. Coaches from Va Tech, Xavier, Georgetown, Miami, Arizona State, Tulane and La Tech have also streamed through the Woodson gym of late.
“And I’d say I have the best relationship with Xavier, Maryland, Miami and Va Tech,” Boyd said. “It’s an easy bond with Xavier, I have two coaches from Miami I get along with, Coach Clark is great from Maryland, and Coach [Jamie] McNeilly from Va Tech has been great.”
So far, Boyd has been able to see Georgetown, Maryland and Miami. He’d like to check out Xavier, Tulane, Penn State, Va Tech and Providence at some point.
As for what he’s looking for in a school, Boyd mentioned depth charts are important to him. Which could potentially come into play with how he views hometown Maryland, which might be about to add 2017 shooting guard Darryl Morsell (Mount St. Joe’s/Baltimore, Md.) and has several other young guards in its program already.
“I take the recruiting process very seriously, and I pay attention to who commits; who’s going where; what transfers are coming in; and who’s already in the program,” said Boyd, who would like to get the recruiting process over with sooner rather than later, while still acknowledging he ‘doesn’t want to rush things.’ “I also look at a school’s history in developing guards.”