John Holsten has coached basketball for more than four decades, and seen almost everything the game has to offer during that span.
It's not that uncommon for two siblings to end up on the same team together at the varsity level, but Holsten does not recall one of his teams having a year like this season where three brothers have been able to share the court like the Norby brothers are doing for Ashby.
"I asked the kids if they could think of anybody and they came back with the Kings of Caledonia," Holsten said with a smile of brothers Owen, Noah and Eli King, who helped Caledonia make the Class AA state title game a year ago. "If they could be like that, that would be great. I'm not objecting to that at all."
The Norbys are part of the reason the Arrows are off to a 7-3 start in Holsten's first year on the sidelines in Ashby.
Christian is the oldest of the three, a senior forward averaging 10.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Jaden is a 6-foot, 3-inch sophomore center posting 15.6 points and 10.7 rebounds, while freshman forward, Hunter, gives the Arrows a boost off the bench.
"Jaden is a force around the basket," Holsten said. "Christian can go inside and outside. Hunter is going to be a really good player. He's close now, but he's going to be really good. It's going to be fun to watch him develop. The best part about it is they compete, and they're really good guys. They know how to have fun, they treat people with respect and they really represent Ashby High School very, very well."
The three grew up playing basketball together, but getting to play together at the varsity level is never guaranteed. It takes having three talented players under the right circumstances. That's what they have found in a Class A program like Ashby, where young players often get more of an early opportunity than they would at some of the bigger programs in the state.
"We've always played basketball with each other, so we know each other's strengths and weaknesses," Jaden said. "It works pretty well for our team."
All three made an impact in a 51-46 win over Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday night. Christian, who is playing well after returning from a torn ACL in his left knee he suffered last season, had 14 points and six rebounds.
Jaden had eight points, eight rebounds and hit two free throws with under two minutes left that gave the Arrows their final lead. Hunter did not score but grabbed four boards. He is averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds a night and knows what his role is right now as a freshman.
"Play defense as best I can," Hunter said. "Even if I mess up on offense, I just want to step up and play better defense."
All three are finding themselves on the court together quite frequently due to the fact that they can play separate positions. That versatility is good for the Arrows.
"They're competing with each other, but in a nice way," Holsten said. "They do complement each other, and they pull for each, which is kind of fun. I like the fact that these brothers are for each other. They're for the Arrows first, but they're also for each other. It's fun to be around."
Ashby has turned its program around this season after a couple of down years. The Arrows were 7-18 a year ago and 4-20 in 2016-17.
They have bounced back with a well-balanced team that includes 1,000-point scorer Scott Johnson. Point guard Dakota Ecker and junior guard Noah Johnson joined Christian and Jaden in Tuesday's starting lineup. The Arrows are right in the thick of things among the top teams in the Section 6A field.
Continuing to win is what all three of the Norby brothers are thinking about in the moment. The time to reminisce about a rare chance to play on the same varsity court together will come later.
"We all play sports with each other and just try to win," Christian said. "We all know what we're doing out there. I don't think about it at all. I probably will think back later in life, playing with two other brothers on the same court, that is pretty awesome."