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 a huge 88-84 win against the Artland Dragons. How good does it feel starting off 2022 with a win?
It feels pretty nice to start the new year off with a win. A road win, as we know it’s not easy to win let alone on the road so I’m glad we were able to pull this one out!
Another crunch-time win for PS Karlsruhe. Are you guys slowly enjoying winning these nail bitters?
Well of course we’d like to win a game much more comfortable but we’ll take win however it comes. This close games shows our grit, and can help us in ways. However, we still have to build better habits and continue to improve.
The first half was very tight as the Artland Dragons led 45-44. Why couldn’t any team get away form the other?
It was back and forth in first half, neither team really took a step back. As we know, the game is 40 minutes, can’t win a game at the half so we knew we had our work cut out for us. We remained composed and was able to win the second half and get the win.
PS Karlsruhe took control in the third continuing to execute well on offense and had their best quarter on defense. What adjustments did the team make?
We were able to get into a nice rhythm, we hit some shots which helped us stay right there in striking distance. Our defense still wasn’t great but our offense held on somewhat.
How good did it feel making a basket and free throws in the last 12 seconds? How much of in attack mode are you in moments like that?
Our team needed a basket to take the lead, in those moments I have the trust of my teammates and coaching staff, so I just tried to make a play.
Was having the better nerves and possible more depth important factors at the end for pulling out the win?
I think just being in those situations in prior games, we gained some experience from those previous matches and stayed composed. I think that was an important factor.
Talk a little about what it was playing against veteran Demetrius Ward and young kid Zach Ensminger? What was toughest in containing them?
Both two good players that plays well for their team. Ward is a more bigger body that understands his spots on the floor and where he’s effective at. Ensminger had decent talent and some good skills.
You had another solid game of 19/4/8. What do you want to achieve most with your personal game in 2022?
I just want to continue to develop all aspects of my game. That’s all.
The next game is against Itzehoe. What will be key to extending the winning streak to 7 games?
We have a make up game against Bremerhaven Thursday the 6th. Another big test for our group, we have to prepare well throughout the week and be ready for a game.
How did you experience going into 2022? Did you notice that there was more fireworks than last year? It seems like people just are getting sick of all the restrictions.
I can’t really say honestly, I was asleep through the initial welcoming into the new year, both this year and last year so I can’t really say. Just blessed to be able to see the start of another new year!
Thanks Stanley for the chat.