Stanley Whittaker (183-G-94, college: Keiser) is a 26 year old 183cm point guard from Philadelphia playing his third professional season and first in Germany with PS Karlsruhe. He played his rookie season in Lithuania and last season had his break through with UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (Austria-BSL) playing 24 games: Score-2 (21.5ppg), 6.3rpg, Assists-2 (8.0apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college ball at Frank Phillips (JUCO) and Keiser (NAIA). He teams up every week with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber to talk basketball
Congrats Stanley on another win this time over new club Itzehoe 92-87. Things really are clicking for the club. What steps did the team make during this win?
Thanks Miles, I think as a team we made steps in a positive direction with this win. It’s a challenge to win games on the road, so we take this win, look to learn from our mistakes and continue to move forward and build good habits.
After trailing after 10 minutes, PS Karlsruhe found better to their game and took a 41-38 lead into half-time. What was key for having the lead at the break?
We were relatively solid defensively in the first half, although we knew we still gave up some second chances points we were right there knowing if we finished possessions we can have success on the offensive end.
PS Karlsruhe exploded in the third quarter netting an incredible 36 points leading 77-64. You guys hit a lot of three’s and Ferdinand Zylka was instrumental. Was this the best offensive quarter of the season?
I think as a team we found a nice rhythm in the third quarter. We were able to play with some better pace and hit some shots so that helped us.
You knew how to separate from passing and finishing yourself. You seemed to have no problems reading their defense in this phase.
That’s what it is for me, just reading the defense, understanding schemes and trying to execute offensively.
PS Karlsruhe let up a bit at the end. How key was it for time just elapsing. Do you feel confident you would still have won the game had their been 2 more minutes more to play?
We definitely have to do a better job closing our games, there was a sense we took our foot off the gas pedal some. But credit to Itzehoe, they stayed aggressive and gave us a battle down to the end of the game.
What was your impression of Itzehoe and their coach Pat Elzie? They don’t look like a team that just moved up do they?
I like their team, they have a good coach and they have a style of play that fits the personnel of their roster in my opinion.
What was your impression of American Chris Hooper? He paid his dues 2 years in the Pro B and now is showing he is a top player in the Pro A. He could challenge you for MVP honors.
I respect his journey and his grind. He definitely gets after it. He plays with extreme confidence and shows leadership on the court. I wish him good health throughout the season and we’ll see what happens in the end.
German Leo Behrend finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds. How important is he in general to the success of the team?
Leo is very important to our team, we have the utmost trust in him and his abilities.
You had another super game with 22 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Take away the 2 turnovers and would it have been close to perfect?
I don’t think I can ever play a perfect game, it be the little things that doesn’t show in the stat sheet that means the most to me and to the success of our club. I’ll continue to hang my hat around those things and try to continue to be productive the way my teams needs me and expects me to be.
You next face the Tigers Tuebingen. What kind of a game can we await and what will be key for continuing the winning streak?
We have a tough task in front of us, I’m sure we’ll put together a game plan that will give us a chance to win. It starts this week in practice and hopefully we’ll be able to execute once it’s time to play on Saturday.
Halloween is just around the corner. What memories do you have of a kid of Halloween? What were some of your favorite own costumes?
The Halloween kid memories will always be just going out trick or treating with my siblings and friends, being excited about all the candy we gather that evening so that’s the most memorable thing from back when I was a kid. Favorite costume is the Michael Myers costume.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.