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.
Thanks Stanley for talking to germanhoops.com. How tough was it coming back from 21 days off to playing twice within 48 hours?
It was a tough turnaround for our group. We let one get away from us on Friday so we wanted to bounce back and give it everything we had on Sunday.
You split with Artland and Nurnberg. How tough was it losing 86-85 to Artland and keeping the playoff fight very exciting from 7-10?
It was a tough loss for our team. With that win we could’ve been in a good spot right now, however we learned from that loss and was able to bounce back. The playoff race is close we just have to focus on us and try to win each game.
Talk a little about the crunch-time and last seconds. Is this a game that PS Karlsruhe should have won?
Yes I think it was a game we should’ve won, we had our opportunities both offensively and defensively but we weren’t able to execute.
You had a solid game of 29/6/4 stats. How much did your 3 turnovers annoy you knowing that having those 3 possessions back would of probably won you the game?
Yeah I’m not a fan of forfeiting possession by turning the ball over. Without those 3 turnovers, we could’ve got 3 shot attempts so things may have been different.
PS Karlsruhe came back focused on Sunday beating a tough Nurnberg team 90-82. How key was this win for gaining extra leverage mentally in the playoff hunt?
This win was big for us being so they’re right there in that playoff mix with us. We understood how important this game was for us.
Nurnberg played you tough on the offensive glass, but was the precision three point shooting in the end the main factor for getting you the win?
I think we fought till the end. They did a good job on the offensive glass, with their players looking to be in attack mode and getting down hill kind of got us out of position and we weren’t putting our bodies on them. We shot the ball well from three I think that helped as well.
You had another solid game with 23/8/7 stats. You had very good shot selection from outside last weekend. How vital will that be in general for your game going into the post season?
I’m just trying to make plays for my teammates and myself. I take pride in being efficient, so I’ll keep the same approach and see how things go.
PS Karlsruhe have a very tough game on Thursday against the wiha Panthers who are fighting to stay in the Pro A. What will be key to getting the win? You won the first game. What will be key to getting the victory?
The key to this game will be to control the glass, defend at a high level and play with a high level of energy and focus.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.