Evan Brown is not the type of basketball coach who will yell at a kid for shooting a deep 3-pointer early in a possession.

“I usually get after them for NOT shooting,” Brown says.

Ten years after implementing what he calls the “3diculous” offense at Madras, Brown is bringing it back for the White Buffaloes this season. One goal of the up-tempo offense, the veteran boys basketball coach says, is 80 shot attempts per game — 40 of them 3-pointers. That is a lot of shots in the course of a regulation 32-minute game.

During an era in which the 3-point shot is the centerpiece of more and more offenses at the professional and college levels, it is no surprise that the same style would trickle down to the high school ranks. But perhaps Brown was ahead of his time when he ran the 3-happy offense at Madras more than a decade ago, leading the Buffaloes to state playoff appearances in 2006 and 2007.

Brown left Madras in 2008 for stints as the athletic director and vice principal at Cascade High School, in Turner, and Stayton High School. He returned to Madras in 2014 as the AD and this is his second season of his second tenure as the Buffaloes’ coach.

Last season Madras ran a more conventional offense under Brown, but this season he figured the time was right for “3diculous.”

“One of the strengths is our team speed and quickness,” Brown says. “Even our bigs have some quickness. We’ve got mobile bigs, and that’s one of the driving forces of us going to this style of play, too.”

Those bigs are 6-foot-4-inch senior posts Kanim Smith and Tyler Lockey. Smith was first-team all Tri-Valley Conference last season and Lockey made the second team. Both players have inside moves and are also capable of making 3-pointers when needed, according to Brown.

But the remainder of the Buffaloes’ roster, a smattering of juniors and sophomores, is somewhat lacking in height. So Brown was looking to the future when he decided to bring back the up-tempo, 3-pointer-heavy offense, which is a good fit for a team with lots of speed and quickness but not much height.

“We’ve got a lot of little guys,” Brown says. “We’re just looking at this year and looking to the future both. This just seems to fit the group of kids we have whether they’re here now or coming up. We’ll be playing 10 guys. We’re going to be playing a lot of dudes.”

Some of those dudes include junior point guard Byron Patt, junior post Kahne Herkshan, sophomore guard Dapri Miller and junior wings Donnie Bagley and Cash Reese.

Last time he ran this offense, Brown recalls, he had a couple of players who were incredibly accurate 3-point shooters. This season he does not have those same type of shooters, but he says he has more players who CAN shoot 3-pointers.

“We’ve got unproven shooters; we’ve got unproven scorers,” Brown says. “We’ve got some guys with experience, but we’ve got a bunch of guys with no experience. All of our sophomores will be making the move from freshman to varsity basketball. We’ll be playing several sophomores.”

Madras finished 10-12 last season and missed the Class 4A state playoffs, so the goal this season is to return to the playoffs and possibly make a run at a Tri-Valley Conference title. Brown says most teams in the league lost a number of players to graduation, so the conference is somewhat wide open this season. Perhaps the timing is right for “3diculous” to take over the Tri-Valley.

Madras must press and trap to create turnovers, Brown says, in order to get enough possessions to fire 80 shots. And offensive rebounds are imperative.

If a player is not shooting a 3-pointer, Brown says, then he should be setting up a teammate for one, either by driving to the basket or setting screens on the perimeter.

“Our feeling is we can take anybody off the bounce,” Brown says. “If he gets stopped, we’re setting screens on the outside for a kickout.”

It is a fun style of basketball to play, and a fun style to watch.

“People came to watch Madras High School in the first ‘3diculous’ era,” Brown says. “They got their money’s worth and they enjoyed it. We had people coming to watch our games just because they heard about us. And we’re hoping to maybe get some of that feeling back.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318,

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