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
A tough weekend where PS Karlsruhe lost both games to Nurnberg and Paderborn. How tough is it to digest these loses considering both are teams close to you in the standings?
It’s very tough to lose both games, in Nurnberg we were up and couldn’t close. And against Paderborn we were totally demolished. But we look to learn, put those games behind us and bounce back.
You were leading Nurnberg in the fourth and let it slip away. What were the causes of the defense not being able to hold down the fort?
Yes we were leading but Nurnberg made some tough plays offensively against us what I felt was good defense. Good offense beats good defense any day but we still have to find a way to get stops no matter what. Sometimes being able to execute very well from outside won’t win you the game.
Rebounding lost you this game. Was this the worst rebounding performance of the season?
I’m not sure if it was the worst rebounding game of the season, the numbers may say so though. We haven’t rebounded well collectively thus far, we definitely have to get better immediately with rebounding.
As usual you had another solid game scoring 21 points. What do you believe could you have done better to seal the win?
I think I should’ve been more aggressive offensively and been more disruptive defensively.
In the Sunday game PS Karlsruhe was mauled 88-57. You guys couldn’t generate any offense in the first three quarters. Was this just a game where nothing worked or was the Paderborn defense responsible more than your own actions?
I think it was more of a game where not much went our way, offensively or defensively. It was a bad performance from us as a group.
PS Karlsruhe rebounded the ball better, but gave up an acceptable 22 turnovers. How much blame do you give yourself?
We won’t win any game with such high turnovers so we have to take care of the basketball. I’m at fault big time because my 3 first quarter turnovers ignited them early on.
Jordan Barnes gave you headaches all day long. He almost achieved a triple double. He is competing with you for top Pro A guard.
He’s a good player, he has a good system around him that allows him to thrive . Respect to him and his team.
You only took 6 shots which is unusual for you. Did their scouting on you surprise you?
It wasn’t much about their scouting report that surprised me, I just wasn’t aggressive at all, I was much passive and deferred.
It doesn’t get any easier as you next meet Science City Jena and Bremerhaven. How do you rebound after last weekend?
Two good tests for us, we look forward to the challenge. And just like any other game, we prepare and try to come out with the victory.
What NBA player are you observing the most at the moment?
I’m observing Kevin Durant the most right now.
Thanks Stan for the chat.