The Miles Vs Stanley Whittaker Weekly Basketball Conversation Volume 12

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 111-91 win over Team Ehingen. How good does this win feel a day before Christmas Eve?
Feels good to win, it was a good team win in all. Glad we were able to go on the road against a scrappy Ehingen team and prevail.

PS Karlsruhe had the slim 57-53 advantage at the break. What was difficult on the defensive end in trying to keep the Team Ehingen off the board?

Ehingen got off to a great start, they were getting easy looks, they were pushing the ball from our turnovers and making us pay. They had it rolling which carried their confidence as a team and we just couldn’t quite disrupt their rhythm in the first half.

After 30 minutes Ps Karlsruhe had the lead. What was key in the third quarter for keeping the lead?

Key in the 3rd quarter was just to establish some resistance on the defensive end. We know if we play one possession defense we can get out running and share the basketball at a high level, so it all started on defense!

In the fourth quarter you put the nail on the coffin and kept them better in check. What was the biggest strength on defense?

The biggest strength was our rotations got better, our communication improved and we forced them to take tougher contested shots!

What was the bigger strength on the evening the rebounding or the team timely and consistent three point shooting?

They both played a huge part, however without defending well we can’t get out running and find shooters, we shot the ball well from 3 tonight. Glad we had some success with that.

Triple doubles are rare in the Pro A. What was your impression of Tyler Cheese who was everywhere on the court?

He’s a good player, has the freedom and trust from his team to play that way, and I’m sure his team expects that from him. It was a good battle with him.

PS Karlsruhe had 6 guys in double figures. Was this the team’s best offensive performance of the season?

From the Total points scored (111) I think that says it was but I think we still can improve

. The team is on a 4 game wining streak since Trevion Crews arrived. How much has this guys arrival sparked the confidence of the team?

We just been a solid rhythm. With the addition of Trev and Moyer they bring us a renewed energy and gives us depth. So we are just trying to keep it rolling.

Is the team playing it’s best basketball of the season? What will be key in beating Rostock?

I think we’re in the nice rhythm right now. Keys to that game will be high level of energy, high level of focus, playing a high level of defense and executing at a high level as well.

You had another fine game of 23/9/6. How much better are you a player when everyone is involved?

That’s the name of the game sharing the ball, and playing together as a team. It helps me and makes the game smoother for myself.

What kind of Stanley Whittaker will we see in the second half of the season as you fight for the playoffs?

A continued version of myself, just want to remain in rhythm and taking it day by day, step by step.

What was your favorite present for Christmas as a kid?

My favorite present as a kid maybe was a remote controlled toy car, they we’re always a great gift!

Thanks Stanley for the chat.

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