Stanley Whittaker 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 94-73 win in Schwenningen. PS Karlsruhe is playing better basketball having won three of the last four games. Is the team ready for the playoffs?
We understood what was at stake in the game. We just wanted to leave it all out there on the floor. I’m glad we were able to clinch a playoff spot. And we have no other choice but to be ready for the playoffs.
The first half was pretty even. The wiha Panthers were quite decimated missing many guys. Was it surprising that they were able to keep up so well? Were they playing more off adrenaline?
It wasn’t surprising that were able to keep it close, they have professionals on their team as well. They made some tough shots late in the clock and had some offensive rebounds, so those things kept them hanging around.
PS Karlsruhe came out focused in the third quarter allowing only 11 points and taking control of the game. What adjustments did the team make?
We just locked in defensively, we understood the value in each possession and how important it was to get stops which would turn into us getting out and running. Our adjustment was just our focus and attention to detail.
PS Karlsruhe defended very well in the second half. Was that the team’s biggest strength on the evening?
Our defense was our greatest attribute in this game.
What kind of an experience was it playing against American Demarkus Stuckey? He was able to really take advantage of the opportunity to play more after the departure of David Cohn.
He played well, kind of carried them in the first half. I think he was in a good rhythm and with playing so freely helped with that. Happy for him though, NAIA guy getting an opportunity to show that he belongs. This is a great thing.
You had a season high 16 assists. How much fun was it facilatating?
It was all just making the correct reads for me. It’s pretty much a simple thing, I got the easy part, I make the correct reads and trust my teammates to convert.
You also had your fifth block of the season. Does one remember a block more simply because it doesn’t happen so often?
I think it depends on the level of the block, like how exciting and the moment of the game that it comes.
You next play Rostock. What memories do you have of the exciting 87-86 win at home?
Matthew Moyer hitting the game winner!!
This game will be huge determining who PS Karlsruhe plays in the playoffs. What will be key to winning?
Just coming out with a high level of focus, energy and attention to detail. With that, and us giving our best on both sides, we’ll see how things go!
Thanks Stanley for the chat.