Stanley Whittaker (183-G-1994, college: Keiser) is a 27 year old 183cm point guard from Philadelphia that completed his third professional season and first in Germany with PS Karlsruhe averaging 22.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 6.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 84.6%. 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). After teaming up with germanhoops.com for a weekly talk that generated 30 interviews, he took the time one more time to give a summary about the season.
Thanks Stanley for talking togermanhoops.com. Your season with PS Karlsruhe has ended. Rostock was favorite to win the series. Still as a competitor you took the loss hard. Was going out like this one of the harder defeats that you had to take in your career until now?
It was tough series although we weren’t able to win a game in it, it was competitive. I was able to learn a lot from that series, so I’ll move forward & continue to grow.
Was the turning point the 107-103shoot out loss?
Turnovers & offensive rebound hurt us.
In that game like vs Jena earlier in the season you played 50 minutes, but lost both games. What do you believe did you learn from these two games concerning minutes, fatigue and success?
I just learned that our group will battle until the very end. We came up short both times but we were battling.
In game three Rostock showed their total game hitting many 16 three’s and winning the rebounding duel. Is it fair to say that at the end of the day that the Rostock depth was too much for PS Karlsruhe?
It was more so on us, we had 6/7 bodies it’ll be tough for anyone to play against another team with 10/11 guys.
All in all it was a super season for PS Karlsruhe. To bow out against one of the top teams is nothing to be ashamed of. Please give your summary of the season for you.
It was a successful season for our group through the ups & downs we battled through and showed resolve. I’m happy for this team, I enjoyed it.
Would it also be fair enough to say that the team overachieved a bit. The Pro A is very competitive and I wouldn’t necessarily have seen PS Karlsruhe as a playoff team.
Maybe in the eyes of you & everyone else, but that never mattered to us, we knew what we had in our locker room, we knew that we were one of the better teams in the league from start to finish and I would bet other teams in the league felt the same.
The team often played with small rotations due to injuries or Covid. What do you believe was the secret to playing so well in those times? Do you feel your duty as a point guard to lead was instrumental then?
My duty is to always lead so that kind of goes without question, no matter the circumstances we have to be ready to play & compete in the games so that was always our mentality.
The team had so many big and memorable wins like sweeping Rostock or beating Bremerhaven on the road. What was your most memorable win?
The most memorable win for me is clinching the playoff against Schwenningen.
We already spoke about most of your teammates during our weekly interviews this season. Please reflect a bit on your teammates and how important they were for the team success and your success?
I’m just so proud of my guys and how they battled throughout the entire year, it was a long 9 months and they showed up to work every day and gave it what they had. Each one of them was important to our team success.
Please name the team’s unsung hero, most improved and best young player this season?
I can’t really name an unsung hero, in my eyes they were all heroes. Matthew Moyer improved the most and all our young guys were good and played well for the minutes that they got.
Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Stanley Whittaker teamed up for 31 interviews during the 2021-2022 season
After dominating in Austria, you came to Germany and had a great pro A season leading the league in scoring 22.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 6.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 84.6%. Talk a little about your season. I know your never content as a competitor should be, but you can’t be disappointed with your scoring consistency.
I think I had a solid season, didn’t finish as strong as I would have liked but in all it was a solid year.
How much did you grow as a facilitator? You scored a lot, but also averaged 6,5apg. What was key in your play for being able to score and facilitate well?
I think I can still be a better facilitator. But just reading the game honestly it’s not a complicated answer, just reading & reacting.
What you read on the stat sheet doesn’t always reflect how a player really performs. Talk a little bit how you were able to bring your defense forward. Did your on ball defense grow?
If it wasn’t Leo, I took on all of the toughest assignments on the perimeter of the opposing team’s top player. I know I can defend at a high level & I still have room to get better in all facets of my game.
You battled against many great guards. Which two players will most stick out whenever you look back on this season? –
I like Rohndell from Kirchheim, & Simmons from Jena.
What is the next step for you? I can imagine first division in a top country. I know the BBL offers will come. How excited are you for the transfer summer?
We’ll have to see, I’m looking forward to it.
If you had a wish and opportunity to play in another country, which country would tickle your interest most?
Spain if I had the choice
On what area’s of your game will you be working on most this summer? Will your work in the lab be intensified with your next goals wanting to be accomplished?
I’ll work on all facets of my game, my passing, my play making, my shooting, my defense and my body, all those will help me continue to grow & develop which is a goal of mine.
Which 2 NBA teams will meet in the finals and who will win?
That’s a tough one it’s soo competitive I’ll go Philly & Phoenix
What activity are you looking forward to doing most this summer back home?
Just working on myself.
Thanks Stanley for the chat.