Stanley Whittaker (183-G-94, college: Keiser) is a 27 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 on the big 82-68 win over the wiha Panthers. How good was it to be back after your layover?
It felt nice to be back out there with my teammates and in front of our home fans. The energy was electric, glad we got the win. I’m just thankful that I’m in better health now and just want to remain protected and safe.
You had Corona. What kind of an experience was it and what was the biggest challenge?
Battling Corona man that experience was extremely difficult for me. The biggest challenge was the virus in itself and how so undetermined things are with it.
While you had Corona PS Karlsruhe got another guard Trevion Crews, because they didn’t know how long you would be out. Did you feel like that was a let down? I mean a corona incident is usually resolved within a few weeks.
I didn’t feel it was a let down. Trev can and will help out our team as well as Matthew Moyer as well.
PS Karlsruhe began well, but the Panthers fought back in the second quarter. From what did you get away from that allowed the guests to come back?
From a defensive standpoint we didn’t finish possessions, we gave up some offensive rebounds that led to easy under the basket finishes for them, and offensively against their zone we got a bit stagnant and we settled for the three a little too much.
PS Karlsruhe kept control in the second half. How key was holding the fort down with your defense? What was the team’s biggest strength on this evening?
That’s where we want to hang our hats on the defensive end. We’re working hard each day trying to get on one full accord defensively. I think our defensive of effort and attention to detail was a strength of ours.
What was it like battling the Steve Nash of the Pro A David Cohn? He had another double double?
It was fun battling against Cohn, he’s a competitor, plays well for his team and keeps them going. Best of health to him going forward.
You had a super comeback with 24/5/4 stats. How content were you coming back from COVID and putting up those numbers?
I’m still working to get back to feeling like myself completely. I’m content that I was able to help contribute to this needed win.
How is it playing together with Trevion Crews. He is a scorer/facilitator like you. It seems like you can still play your game with him beside you
It’s all good playing with Trev, we have one common goal as a team and that’s to try and win games. However, I’m a professional. I’ll be able to myself, that’s what this club expects from me.
I never understood why the club didn’t get another strong guard. You and Crews could become the strongest guard duo in the Pro A.
That is not our focus, we are just trying to win basketball games!
You next play against Bochum. What will be key to getting win?
The key to this win will be to play hard, finish possessions, limit them offensively and play together.
What is your favorite Christmas childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory during Christmas time was always just being with the family. Those moments won’t ever fade so just thinking back on those times where I didn’t have a worry in the world and just being with my family. Those are my favorite childhood Christmas memories.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.