STANLEY Pringle has always been ready to serve flag and country.
And when the first opportunity to wear the national colors came, there was no hesitation on his part to do it.
"When I was actually first asked to do it, there was no questiion I would support it," said the main man of Globalport, talking for the first time about his inclusion in the team that will compete in the Fiba 3x3 World Cup slated next month at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
"Anything for the Philippines," he added. "Just let me know and I'm there."
Named together with Pringle in the team seeing action in the June 8 to 12 meet were top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger and the TnT Katropa duo of Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy.
The 30-year-old Fil-Am has long been on the radar of coach Chot Reyes for Gilas Pilipinas, but has been prevented by a Fiba rule that requires foreign-born players to secure the passport of the country they hope to represent before turning 16.
But under Fiba 3x3 rules, all players who hold passports of their respective nationalties are eligible to play, paving the way for Pringle to represent the country to the World Cup.
Pringle said he had no second thoughts about it.
"As soon as they told me, yeah I said, 'I will be there,'" Pringle said, adding playing for the team is an honor and blessing.
Globalpprt alternate governor Eric Arejola was the first to talk to him about playing in the 3x3 World Cup shortly after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), through president Al Panlilio, formalized its request for the availability of PBA players during the league's board meeting in Hong Kong recently.
Pringle, a former Rookie of the Year, said he last played 3x3 basketball when he was 12 years old, but doesn't see any difference with the usual 5-on-5 play.
"It's just basketball. I'm just going to adjust and make the right adjustment," he said. "I'll just play hard and give everything I got."
At the same time, the chance to team up with Standhardinger, Pogoy, and Rosario for the national cause excites the former US NCAA Division I standout.
"Im looking forward to it. I heard a lot of good things about him and I saw him play on highlights and everything," he said of the 6-foot-7 Standhardinger.
"And I'm defintely looking forward of playing with my other teammates Troy and Pogoy."