Tyson Bellmon

Hanceville's Tyson Bellmon (center right) signs a basketball scholarship with Marion Military Institute on Sunday. He is joined up front by his father, Tim Bellmon. Also pictured are his grandparents, Jim and Kathryn Bellmon.

Hanceville put together a memorable run to the Final Four this past season.

And Tyson Bellmon played a key role for the Bulldogs during that exciting stretch.

Now, the talented senior will have an opportunity to contribute at the next level. 

Bellmon inked a basketball scholarship with Marion Military Institute over the weekend, cementing his commitment to coach Timothy Rodgers and the Tigers.

Marion Military Institute competes in the Alabama Community College Conference.

"I'm really excited considering not everybody gets this opportunity," said Bellmon, who eventually wants to join the Air Force. "I'm going to try to make the most of it, because basketball doesn't mean forever. Marion is a really prestigious school, especially for the military experience."

Bellmon averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for Hanceville in 2019-20.

He helped the Bulldogs capture the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament title along with the Northeast Regional Tournament crown.

The Purple and Gold also advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1999.

Coach Stephen Chandler offered up plenty of positives about his departing senior.

"I’m so proud and excited for him," he said. "He really was a coach on the floor for us all year — both years, really. He’s one of the most coachable kids I’ve been around. He does things the right way, and I think he’s put himself in this position because of his hard work and attitude."

As for Bellmon, he'll always cherish his time at Hanceville and what all the program accomplished during his two varsity seasons.

"When I got here, they already had a winning culture," he said. "We knew if we worked hard that things could happen. It was a great experience (this past season). Not every athlete in high school gets to experience the Final Four, so that was great."

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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