After a breakout sophomore season two years ago and a rocky junior campaign, Kiyon Boyd is transferring from H.D. Woodson to Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia. (Pete Marovich/For The Washington Post)

After Kiyon Boyd alerted the Washington, D.C. basketball scene of his presence, by lifting H.D. Woodson to a 33-0 season in 2015-16 and regularly filling the school’s gym with awing and adoring fans, a familiar narrative started to take shape.

He stopped working out as often. He heard people telling him he was great, but wasn’t as tuned into those telling him he still had to get better. He, like any teenager who went from sophomore starter to citywide star, started to give into temptation.

It’s that same story. You start seeing, ‘Oh I’m ranked here,’ or, ‘I’m ranked this, I’m better than this kid, they say I’m ranked better than this kid,'” said Curtis Yarbrough Jr., Boyd’s trainer and legal guardian. “You know, you’re a teenager, so peer pressure is a very, very, very, very, very, very tough thing to overcome.

“That kid that you’re hanging out with? He might not work out that day, so then you don’t,” Yarbrough said. “That kid wants to go to a party instead of going to the gym, so you end up going to the party. It might seem like it’s just one moment, but then you add up all the times you didn’t work on your craft.”

This is what Yarbrough saw with Boyd after H.D. Woodson grabbed D.C.’s attention with an undefeated season two years ago. Boyd, all 6 feet, 5 inches and 210 pounds of him, was unstoppable. College coaches flocked to see him. His name was thrown into ESPN’s Top 100 for the Class of 2018. Boyd, who is from Southeast D.C. and started his high school career at Dunbar, was offered a handful of high-major scholarships before his 16th birthday. But the rapid ascent eventually slowed him down, and after a rocky junior year, Boyd is transferring to Massanutten Military Academy to straighten his path to the next level.

H.D. Woodson finished 19-10 this past season and forfeited in the DC State Athletic Association boys’ basketball tournament due to a lack of eligible players. Boyd missed a game on Jan. 4 and did not play in the team’s last three contests due to “school-related violations.” H.D. Woodson Coach Trey Mines announced on June 28 that he is not returning next season, and now neither will the star guard who mirrored the program’s highs and lows.

“You could see it happening,” Mines, who also coached Boyd with Team Loaded on the AAU circuit, said Sunday. “When he found success, things around him started to change, people around him started to change. Kiyon has potential beyond anything we’ve really seen in the city, not in this area necessarily, but in this city in a long time. Now it’s just trying to not have his environment be the reason that he doesn’t get to fulfill his potential and reach his dreams. That is pretty much the biggest reason for him leaving.”

A handful of private schools reached out about Boyd during his breakout sophomore season, Mines said, and this past year made it apparent that he needed a change of scenery.

Massanutten Coach Chad Myers has turned the Woodstock, Virginia program into a launching pad for high-level players. He coached Frank Mason, who starred at Kansas and is now playing for the Sacramento Kings, former Maryland big man Damonte Dodd and Jamarko Pickett, who started at Eastern in Washington and is now on his way to Georgetown after a prep season at Massanutten.

Yarbrough was drawn to Massanutten because it can provide needed discipline while mimicking a college environment: two-a-day practices, players living on their own, healthy food options, a military culture, and so on. And when Boyd visited the leafy campus at the end of July, the decision was sealed.

“It’s a huge life move to leave what you know, leave your home and family and start somewhere new like this,” Mines said. “I am proud of him for making a grown man decision and making it for himself. That’s ultimately what he did here, he made a decision for himself.”

Massanutten frequently attracts post-graduate players looking to solidify their college resumes, whether that be on the court or in the classroom. But Boyd has never reclassified and is expected to graduate after four high school seasons. There were rumors this season that he was behind academically, but Mines said Boyd has the necessary credits going into his senior year and is in line to meet NCAA requirements.

Boyd’s current college list includes Maryland, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Virginia Commonwealth and Tulane, and Yarbrough said Virginia Tech and Seton Hall are also in the mix. Boyd has yet to make an official visit, and those will be scheduled in the near future. But first he has to travel 90 miles west to a school that offers structure and, above all else, renewed opportunity.

“Before that lull, when he wasn’t working out as hard, he was practicing so much that he was like a machine,” Yarbrough said. “This season is going to be more of that. It’s going to be like a second coming-out party, and I don’t think the world has really seen what Kiyon Boyd can do.”

Recruiting notes

» Twin forwards and Maryland commits Makhi and Makhel Mitchell are transferring from McNamara to Montverde Academy (Florida), D.C. Blue Devils Coach Brian Inge told The Post on Sunday. The twins, who played for Inge on the D.C. Blue Devils’ 16U team this summer, verbally committed to Maryland on Friday. The Class of 2019 big men were pursued by Georgetown, George Washington and Memphis, among other schools, and always intended to verbally commit to the same school. They are both listed at 6 feet 9 and 225 pounds. Makhi is a consensus five-star recruit and rated the country’s seventh best 2018 center by ESPN, while Makhel is currently considered a four-star prospect.

» DeMatha guard Earl Timberlake was offered by Rhode Island on Monday, he confirmed to The Post. Timberlake, a 2020 prospect who played for Team Takeover’s 16U team this spring and summer, previously had offers from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Kansas State. He transferred to DeMatha early this summer after spending his freshman year at Rock Creek Christian.

» Maret forward E.J. Jarvis has received an offered from George Washington, he announced in a tweet Monday. Jarvis, who plays for Team Takeover, previously had offers from Virginia Tech, Yale and Columbia.

» Paul VI guard Anthony Harris visited Virginia Tech on Monday, he told The Post. Harris, a Class of 2019 guard who played for Team Takeover’s 17U team this spring and summer, currently has offers from the Hokies, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Old Dominion, George Mason and Central Florida.

» McKinley Tech forward Woody Newton will visit Georgetown on Wednesday, he told The Post on Monday night. Newton, a 6-foot-8 scorer entering his sophomore year, currently has just one Division I offer, from Kansas State.

» Rock Creek Christian’s Jermaine Harris and Sidwell Friends’ Saddiq Bey separately visited Xavier at the end of last week, a source told The Post. Harris, the area’s top 2018 big man, has whittled his college decision down to eight schools. Bey, a versatile 6-foot-7 scorer, has offers from Georgetown, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and George Washington, among other schools. Both Harris and Bey played for D.C. Premier’s 17U team this spring and summer.

» Springbrook guard Matt Balanc added an offer from Florida Gulf Coast last week, Mid-Atlantic Select director James Lee told The Post. Balanc, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who played for Mid-Atlantic Select’s 17U team this spring and summer, upped his recruiting stock as much as any local prospect this summer. Balanc added nine offers across three July evaluation periods, was offered by Jacksonville State at the start of August and now has Florida Gulf Coast to consider.

» St. John’s point guard Tre Wood was offered by George Mason last week, St. John’s Coach Pat Behan told The Post. Wood, a senior guard who played for Team Takeover’s 17U team this spring and summer, received offers from Massachusetts and Virginia Commonwealth in July.

» Stone Bridge point guard Evan Buckley was offered by Lafayette on Friday, Stone Bridge Coach Corey Stitzel told The Post. Buckley is a junior and played for the D.C. Blue Devils’ 16U team this spring and summer. He previously held offers from James Madison, Duquesne, Youngstown State, Bucknell, American, New Hampshire and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Michael Jerome, a 2020 guard and Buckley’s Stone Bridge teammate, was offered by Fairmont State on Friday, according to Stitzel.

» Former Wise shooting guard Brandon Howell will play at Hood College next season, he confirmed to The Post early last week. Hood is a Division III school in Frederick, Maryland.

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