Stanley Whittaker (183-G-1994, college: Keiser)s 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 big 101-94 win over the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. How good did it feel getting revenge from the first loss?
It felt nice to get a road win against a really good team. I wish we could’ve closed the game in better fashion though. But glad we got the win.
The first quarter was very even, but in the second quarter PS Karlsruhe broke away scoring 33 points. What adjustments did the team make at both ends?
We locked in defensively we held our ground got stops and was able to get out and run.
In the fourth quarter, Ps Karlsruhe began great going on a 10-0 run to lead 93-67. I don’t think there was anyone in the arena that didn’t think the game was over. Was PS Karlsruhe too sure at that moment?
We got too relaxed and got out of character as a unit which mounted their comeback. We have to mature more as a group in those moments and put teams away.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven stormed back closing out the game with a brutal 27-8 run. Why did PS Karlsruhe totally lose rhythm?
We took our foot off the gas and both offensively and defensively we were pretty bad.
Kevin Yebo exploded being a one man show. Did you forget him on the scouting report?
No, he’s just a good high energy player that plays extremely hard and gets after it.
What was the biggest strength on the night of PS Karlsruhe? You did a good job on the boards, taking care of the ball and hit many three’s.
Our defense I think, before the 4th quarter I think our defense was stellar. We also took care of the ball and played together.
You had a very good game with 19/10/5 stats. That was the second most rebounds that you scooped up this season. Are you trying to be more of a help on the rebound?
I figured we would need more help on the glass so I just wanted to help my big guys out because they do a lot of hard work and exert a lot of energy on both ends of the floor.
You next battle against the Uni baskets Paderborn whom you lost by 31 points. That was a terrible shooting night for the club. How sure are you that the team won’t shoot like that again?
Just have to be better than the first time we played them. I think we’re in a good rhythm defensively so we have to build on it.
You have a two week break now. Will the players get some time off? How will you spend the time?
I’m sure we’ll be practicing over this stretch haha but hopefully we can get some days off to recover a bit.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.