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.
PS Karlsruhe’s season has ended in Rostock. What were your first thoughts when the buzzer sounded ending the game?
It was a thought of many feelings but I wanted to congratulate Rostock on a good series, & wish them luck and the best of health going forward.
I can imagine that the long bus ride home wasn’t enjoyable for you. What thought was occupying most?
10hr bus rides are tough regardless & after losing a game/series makes it more tough, but just spent some time reflecting and resting for the most part.
The first half was exciting and PS Karlsruhe had the slim 40-36 advantage. Were you content how the PS Karlsruhe game plan had gone for the first 20 minutes?
We were in the game, it was back and forth, we liked our chances but they made more plays than us down the stretch.
The third quarter was a real defensive battle. Ps Karlsruhe had the slim 55-50 lead. You played the best quarter of defense in the game. What was key for keeping them in check very well?
Just focusing on not allowing them to get open looks and trying to make it as difficult as possible for them.
Just like in game three a big run would break you back. PS Karlsruhe allowed a brutal 19-3 run to begin the fourth quarter that decided the game. How do you explain something like that? Was it keen Rostock adjustments or just plain bad play by PS Karlsruhe?
We wanted to prevent that because we know the game is based off runs, but they hit us in the mouth to start and we needed to respond.
Rostock did a good job not allowing you over the hump. Did fatigue play a role?
Many things played a role but credit to them they had a really good game-plan.
They rebounded well again, but also nailed 16 three pointers. It also seemed like they had many weapons even when guys like Gloger and Loesing had off nights?
They have a complete team with many guys that can produce.
You had 11/2/2/1 stats. How much will you remember this game knowing having scored 25 points would of probably got you the win?
Maybe so, but it’s all charged to experience and I will be better from this.
When you look back at this series what do you believe cost PS Karlsruhe this series most?
Each game presented different challenges and hurdles, but I know we could’ve took much better care of the basketball, that would’ve helped us.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.