SELECTING Fil-Am guard Stanley Pringle is just the start of GlobalPort’s long, uphill climb to respectability going into the young franchise’s third season in the PBA this October.
GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero admitted that he has been following the 6-foot-1 former Penn State standout’s career since he played for two seasons with the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League.
And he believes Pringle can make an instant impact for the Batang Pier, who won just a total of 14 games in their first two seasons in the PBA.
“I’ve seen him (Pringle) play. I’ve traced how he played the last two years and instant yung impact niya eh because he’s a double-double guy,” explained Romero shortly after Sunday’s 2014 Gatorade-PBA Annual Rookie Draft held at Robinsons Place Ermita.
While expectations are high for the entry of Pringle, Romero issued an early challenge for the 27-year-old Fil-Am combo guard, saying the latter, along with incoming sophomore guard Terrence Romeo and Alex Cabagnot, must quickly learn to play together.
“I think Terrence Romeo, Alex Cabagnot and Stanley should learn how to co-exist. If they learn to co-exist, then they will win. Iyun ang nakikita ko,” said the youthful team owner.
Romero, however, also challenged the coaching staff led by Pido Jarencio to make sure the Batang Pier play with a sense of urgency and fire come the new season.
“It should be a challenge for the coaches as well as for team management kung paano papaikutan yung three-headed monster,” he added, in describing the Batang Pier’s three-guard star of Cabagnot, Romeo and Pringle.