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
Conrats on the huge 99-77 victory over the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. How good is it in general beating a team the next time after losing badly the first time?
It feels good to get a win after a tough slump our team has been in. Getting a win against a very good Leverkusen team is good for our group. We just want to continue to take steps forward.
How do you feel is PS Karlsruhe a better team now then the first time they met Leverkusen?
Well, I believe so. They were our first game of the season so I believe we are a much better team from the first game of the season.
This was a massive win. I asked you in the last interview if the club was aware how important the game was. I guess you could say that the team was all business?
Each game is equally important to our team. We want to continue to take steps forward as a group, continue to try a play a good brand of basketball consistently and see where that gets us!
Talk a little about the game. What was the turning point of the game where it was clear that PS Karlsruhe would go on to win the game?
I think we got out to a really solid start. But it all started with our ability to play defense, holding a high scoring team as which Leverkusen is, to 12 points in the first quarter was huge. Then, we were able to sustain our defensive keys and hit some shots on the other end of the floor.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen won the rebound battle, but you won the turnovers 19-10. How much of a factor was the turnover advantage that PS Karlsruhe had?
Our team had an understanding that if we value each possession and take care of the basketball we give ourselves a chance. So that was a point of emphasis. Turning the ball over against a high scoring team like Leverkusen will hurt any group so we wanted to focus and I think we did that.
The defense seemed to be on the same page. PS Karlsruhe cut down the points again well. What area’s of the defense were you most happy with?
I liked our physicality defensively, but more importantly our want! The want fact was there against Leverkusen, we accepted the challenge, played tough and battled all night defensively.
What was it like defending Spencer Reaves? His three was on, but otherwise you were able to slow him down in other areas.
He’s a good player, shot the ball pretty well and got into a nice rhythm in the 3rd quarter. Glad we were able to contain him late.
Big man Maurice Pluskota had another big game with 22 points. He has been up and down in the scoring department. How refreshing was it seeing him be his dominant self again?
It was great seeing Mo’ play the way he did. He was active on the offensive glass, created more opportunities for himself and our team. Played tough defensively and rebounded as well. He’s a big piece to our group so it helps us when he’s decisive and playing well!
You had another massive game of 33/11/6. Your coming closer to a triple double. Do you feel that your all around offensive game continues to grow?
I think my game in general is still growing. I’m not a finished product at all, there’s so much I can do better on the floor, so I’ll continue to focus on bettering myself each and every day.
You next face Ehingen who you out battled 111-91. How dangerous is a 0-21 team? What will the team have to be aware of most?
Ehingen is a tricky team, they play very hard and they get after it. Both offensively and defensively, they are aggressive and are always in attack mode. We have to come out with a high level of energy and focus.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.