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
PS Karlsruhe began last weekend with a big win over Phoenix Hagen who had been playing good basketball. That had been the fourth crunch-time win in the last 5 games. How much has luck been on the side of the team?
We’d had some luck roll in our favor over that stretch. We’ve had stretches where we play some good basketball but also had stretches where we don’t look as good. Glad we were able to win but we got our work cut out for us if we want to be a really good team.
It was a nailbiter at the end. What was key for pulling out a huge home win?
With our group it’ll always boils down to what we’re doing on the defensive end. If we are getting stops and finishing possesions we give ourselves a really solid chance to win games.
How big is a win like this when the team didn’t shoot particularly well?
I think so, as difficult as it is to win games night in and night out. I think it shows that we can dig deep and figure out how to make plays in moments where it’s really needed.
You had another solid game with 21/7/5 stats. Do you feel like opponents defenses are playing you different where you have to work more at finding solutions?
I understand that defensive schemes are trying to limit me and make things tough for me. I just try to make the right play each time down, continue to make plays for my teammates as well as staying aggressive myself.
You can’t win em all as on Sunday you lost a nail bitter to Kirchheim 76-74. What was key at the end for taking the loss?
We had a crucial miscommunication where we gave up a wide open three on a screen to screener action that gave them the 76-74 lead. But more so we dug ourselves a hole in that first half giving up 45 points and being down 17 at half.
How much did this loss annoy you? You had a great personal game, the team picked up 13 offensive rebounds and only had 8 turnovers?
The loss was frustrating, because I felt we could’ve picked up another 2 points with the win and win the season series against Kirchheim which can create us a little separation from them.
You had another great game of 29/5/5. I can feel that triple double around the corner.
I try to do whatever it takes to give us a chance to win games.
You next play Jena who you lost a shoot out to 113-109 earlier in the season. You have good memories of game as it was one of your best of the season. How big is the revenge factor?
I don’t really feel any revenge or things like that, I just want us to come out with a high sense of focus, energy and execution, so we can compete and give ourselves a chance to win this game. We don’t want to drop 2 straight games.
They have a real strong starting 5. What will be key to splitting the season series?
The key will be how well we communicate and defend. Our energy, effort and focus has to be there no matter what.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.