Stanley Whittaker (183-G-1994, 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.
What was it like having a free weekend after the big win over Ehingen? Did that give you time to rest or were you grinding in the gym like usual?
It Felt good to catch up on some rest & decompress a little. I did some working out but wasn’t over exerting myself. So in all it felt good.
PS Karlsruhe shell shocked Ehingen 114-65. When you see a 0-21 team do you feel a little for their misfortune or does one as a competitor block that out?
In Ehingen’s case they are a competitive bunch so if teams approach them with the wrong mindset they can get beat. So for us, we didn’t take them lightly and wanted to come out and get the win.
Talk a little about the game . How quickly did you realize that this would be an easy win? Can one talk about it being a cake walk or were there tough phases throughout the contest?
Well we didn’t pull away until the second half so I wouldn’t consider it an easy win. For our group, no team is a cake walk in this league so we have to continue to find ways we can be better and build.
On the offensive end PS Karlsruhe played fine inside out basketball hitting well from close and far. Was this game a further good tune up to prepare for tougher games coming up?
We just wanted to come out and play a good brand of basketball on both sides of the ball. Good thing shots fell for us and we were able to execute on both sides of the ball.
Nobody played more than 22 minutes. How vital was it being able to split minutes like this considering their have been other games where guys were playing heavy minutes?
With a big lead that we were able to gain & sustain, it was good to see some of our younger guys in there racking up some minutes, making plays and playing well.
What was your impression of Tyler Cheese? How difficult must it be for a competitor like him having to endure constant losing? –
He’s a good player and I can see he’s doing the best he can to try and lead his team. Respect for that.
Does one notice that it is difficult to compete in the German Pro A when you don’t have more imports?
This a tough league, we have some high level teams & players in this league. It’s tough to win in this league and I’m sure all teams involved understand that.
You had a quiet night with only 10 points. Can you remember taking so little shots this season? I guess on this night you didn’t have to.
Pretty quiet night for me, had some solid looks I missed on. This game didn’t require much scoring from me. I believe everyone who played scored for our team.
Now the team has a tough stretch and one that could decide the season between a playoff berth and not. PS Karlsruhe now play 4 of 5 games on the road. How excited are you for this stretch to show that you can lead the team to new heights?
I’m excited for this stretch, it’ll be a tough one but we’ll do our work accordingly and take it day by day.
What was your take on the James Harden trade. This guy has a lot of haters. Is his ego above what is better for the team?
I think both teams got better in the trade, I was tweeting about the trade scenario hours before it took place. I can’t really speak on James’s ego, I just know he’s a helluva basketball player. Excited to see both teams new looks.
Please explain how your Super Bowl night will be like and who will take the win?
Just going to sit back & watch the game. I’m just hoping for an exciting game. May the best team win.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.