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Boys Basketball: State College at Cumberland Valley (copy)

Josiah Burns confirmed his transfer to Pocono Mountain West on Friday. Burns is now the fifth 2016-17 starter Cumberland Valley has lost to graduation or transfer.

Cumberland Valley boys basketball’s offseason makeover continued this summer, as top returning player Josiah Burns has transferred to Pocono Mountain West.

The Sentinel confirmed the news through both Burns and new Eagles head coach Eric Richardson on Friday.

Burns was expected to be CV’s only returning starters after graduation losses coupled with the move to Florida from previous head coach Mike Hibbs and his son, rising senior Will Hibbs.

“Being able to suit up at West again is a great opportunity,” said Burns, a 6-foot Class of 2018 guard who averaged a team-high 14.2 points per game for CV in 2016-17.

“I have an awesome relationship with our head coach, and I trust him with the recruiting process (for college). He knows a lot of people, and I can’t wait to showcase with the family on his coaching debut. Just looking to make some noise this year.”

Rich Williams, a longtime assistant with the Panthers, took over as PMW head coach in May. The Panthers are defending District 11 Class 6A champs and reached the second round of the PIAA playoffs.

Burns returns to the Pocono region, having grown up there. His mom landed a job in the Cumberland County area when he was a sophomore, prompting the original transfer to CV,

It’s another hurdle for Richardson, who was Hibbs’ longtime assistant before being handed the reigns in June for his first head coaching gig.

CV graduated other starters Grey Hess (11.3 ppg), John Baker (8.7) and Matt Sunderland (8.1) in addition to the transfer losses of the younger Hibbs (5.8) and now Burns.

The Eagles finished 7-15 overall last year, 4-10 in the rigorous Mid-Penn Commonwealth.

The top returning scorer is now Max Reznitchencko (6.8 ppg), though football star and Penn State verbal commit Charlie Katshir confirmed to The Sentinel on Friday that he’s planning to play basketball this year, too, after missing last year with a shoulder injury.

Email Geoff Morrow at gmorrow@cumberlink.com or follow on Twitter at @RageAgainstGMo

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