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 Stanley on the massive 87-86 victory against number one team Rostock Sea Wolves. Another game another win. What kind of a feeling do you have after beating the best team in the Pro A?
It was a good team win, battled together and remained composed through the ups and down of the game. Glad we were able to get the win to close out December.
It was the fifth win in a row and the team continues to climb up the standings. Is it dangerous feeling invincible when you defeat a game like that?
Not sure what that feeling is because our team collectively doesn’t feel that way. We still have a long season ahead of us and we’re just focusing stacking each day, one day at a time!
PS Karlsruhe had the 51-42 advantage at the break. You seemed to have no problems playing your game against the second best defensive team in the league. What do you feel was key on offense to figuring out their defensive schemes?
The key to our offensive was to remain patient. We were getting the looks we wanted the entire game it was just a matter of missing or making. Gladly we were able to make some down the stretch and get the win.
In the third quarter Rostock came back and defended better. What adjustments did they make on the defensive end to make it harder for you as a team?
They went into a zone in the 3rd quarter, that’s the adjustment they made. We still got looks we wanted we just weren’t able to put the ball in the basket the way we should’ve. In all we still got good looks, but didn’t get enough stops on the other end that’s how they were able to make their run.
The fourth quarter was a real dog fit. Trevion Crews took over scoring and you were the playmaker. Did Crews show a side of him that you didn’t see before?
No, he didn’t show a side I didn’t see before. He’s a professional, I trust him as well as I do all my teammates. Trevion played well, and hit some big shots for us in the 4th.
Take me through the game winning basket from Moyer. This basket was huge as it was the game winner, but it would never have happened had you not had 2 team offensive rebounds.
Yeah, first shot I missed a mid range short, we got the offensive rebound. Trevion missed a three long and we were able to get another offensive rebound. Then, I get the ball back with about 8 seconds left on the game clock, get a high ball screen about to get into my midrange game, a player from Rostock I believe #5 completely came to double me and left Matthew Moyer open in the corner, so I made the pass to him and he did what he was supposed to do, knock down the three pointer and give us a 1 point lead with 2 seconds left!
Matt Moyer has only been with a team a month. What has been your impression of his game and what he can give the club?
He’s a good character guy, high energy, high spirit. He helps our team from all facets of the game, glad he’s with us!
What kind of an experience was it battling ex BBL player Chris Carter? Here was another guy where you could measure your game up to.
It was a good competing against him. He does well for his team. And I don’t really measure my game up with anyone to be honest. I am who I am, and they are who they are.
You had a double double with 17 points and 12 assists and 0 turnovers. How good does it feel having no turnover in a game where you were more a playmaker than scorer?
Felt good not to have any turnovers for one, knew that taking care of the ball was a key to victory and being so the ball is in my hands the most I valued that.
How much extra confidence does a 12 assist game give you for the next game? I know winning is the key but would it be difficult to take a step back from scoring and be that playmaker?
It doesn’t give me any more confidence truthfully, winning always matters first. Even when I’m scoring, I’m creating opportunities for my teammates as well, so it’s never a game where I’m just scoring or a game where I’m just playmaking, I do both. My team expects me to be me day in day out and that’s all I can be.
The next game is against the Artland Dragons who have been struggling. What will be key for getting the sixth win in a row?
Key for this victory will continue to focus on the defensive end, finishing possessions, executing on offense and playing with high energy!
2022 is around the corner. Do you have any New Years resolutions?
I do not have any New Year Resolutions, just praying for the best in health for my family, my loved ones and those closest to me.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.