PROSPECTIVE top rookie pick Stanley Pringle admitted joining a GlobalPort team that has yet to enjoy a winning season in the PBA will be a challenge for him.
“Yeah, definitely, it’s a challenge (playing for GlobalPort). It’s something I have to work hard for (to help the team),” Pringle, the Fil-American guard out of Penn State, told Spin.ph.
Globalport has been vocal about its plan to pick Pringle with the No.1 overall selection in Sunday's rookie draft, hoping the 6-foot guard would help turn around a franchise that has been mired in the doldrums since joining the league two years ago.
In the team’s first two seasons, the Batang Pier could only make it to the playoffs twice while limping to an overall record of just 14 wins against 57 losses for a woeful 24.5 winning clip.
Pringle said he isn't concerned about the past but hopes to take the team forward.
“Whatever happened the past two years, it’s something I don’t have control anymore. And for us, we just have to move forward,” stressed the 27-year-old son of retired US Navy veteran Stanley Sr.
But Pringle vowed to work his tail off in a bid to help GlobalPort reach a winning status in Asia’s first professional basketball league.
“Of course, it’s different when you’re playing for a team where everybody plays for each other. But as for me, I want to be the best player that I can be,” he added.
The sweet-shooting guard out of Penn State averaged 18.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds while playing a key role in Indonesia's conquest of the 2012 Asean Basketball League (ABL) title under American coach Todd Purves.
Prior to playing for Indonesia, Pringle also had stints in Belgium, Poland and Ukraine.