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.
Congrats Stanley on the huge 102-82 win over Bochum. Was the added rest with not playing against Schwenningen much appreciated?
I’m sure the additional rest helped us some, we had a pretty long travel to get there but I’m glad we were able to get a needed win.
The fight for the playoffs is very exciting. Is the team aware it can reach fourth place with a strong finish?
The race is very interesting, we just want to take one game at a time and not look too far ahead. Hopefully we’re able to control our own destiny and take care of business.
PS Karlsruhe had the slim 46-45 advantage at the break. In the third quarter you could break away a bit. What was key for taking control of the game?
We were able to get stops! They scored 27 points in the first quarter which is far too much. 3rd quarter we were able to get stops and convert on the offensive end.
PS Karlsruhe saved some extra energy for their offense overpowering Bochum with 33 points. How vital was knowing you can step it up late in the game?
We just wanted to try and get quality looks on the offensive end. We are a very good group when everyone is engaged and has a rhythm offensively.
How proud are you of the team defense on the three point line? You held the team to 16% shooting and three of their starters to 2/21 shooting.
It was a good effort on our end. We understood that they were one of the higher 3 point shooting teams in the league so we wanted to make sure the looks they got were contested.
You slowed up ex Washington (NCAA) forward Dominic Green from the three point line, but not from the free throw line. What was it like battling this guy?
He’s a good player, got a very good feel to score the ball. We wanted to make sure we challenged all his looks and make him shoot contested shots.
The team had 6 guys in double figures. It doesn’t get any better than that does it in terms of sharing the ball?
Exactly, we’re a much tougher group to play against when we’re sharing the ball at that level!
You played 40 minutes displaying 28/10/7 stats. How good do you feel physically at this late stage of the season?
I feel as though I want to make the playoffs so whatever it takes I’m up for it!
Your getting closer to a triple double, but you had 5 turnovers. Is it easy to forget a game like this when you play 48 hours later?
5 turnovers were bad but glad we were able to win the game. We move forward now.
You next play Tuebingen who you lost to 85-75 in the first game. What will be key to splitting the season series?
Playing a good brand of basketball, controlling the glass, taking care of the ball and valuing possessions.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.