FIL-AM guard Stanley Pringle's availability for this year’s PBA Draft remains shrouded in mystery.
The camp of the Indonesia Warriors star has been silent on whether he will ever put his name in the rookie draft pool of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league next season.
If he decides to enter the draft, coaches and league watchers expect the 6-1 guard to be a lottery pick, even if fellow Fil-American and consensus No. 1 choice Bobby Ray Parks decides to turn pro.
San Miguel Beer active consultant Todd Purves, who personally recruited the Fil-Am guard for the Indonesia Warriors, described Pringle as an “unselfish player and excellent ball handler.”
“Stan’s a real good player, who plays both ends of the floor. He’s great off the dribble, a good ball handler, and he’s an unselfish player,” Purves said.
However, Pringle is still under contract with the Warriors until the 2014 season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and has dropped no hint that he is interested in taking his act to the PBA.
In fact, there are doubts on whether his citizenship documents are already in order to make him eligible for the coming draft.
Under PBA rules, a Fil-foreign player only has until July 8 to submit a Bureau of Immigration certification and a Department of Justice confirmation of his Filipino citizenship to be eligible for the pool.
Pringle’s father is Stanley Pringle, Sr., a retired US Navy veteran, while his mother is Elvira Andres Pringle, who was born and raised in Sta. Filomena, Abulug, Cagayan.
He turned 27 years old last March and therefore no longer needs not play in at least two conferences of the PBA D-League as required of every Fil-foreign draft applicant.
“Ang tanong lang naman is naayos kaya niya yung papeles niya?” said a source who refused to be named as he’s not authorized to speak on behalf of the flashy guard.
“Pero definitely, legitimate talent iyan. You can build your team around him dahil magaling talaga na player ito. Parang import ang caliber ni Stanley."
Purves, however, wouldn't go that far, saying Pringle is not the type of player who is "gonna come here and crush the league (PBA)."
But is the PBA an enticing option for Pringle in the first place?
Sources said Pringle is good enough to make it as a foreign player in Europe and China. Aside from that, he is also currently under contract with a Warriors team owned by Erick Thohir, who is also a minority owner of NBA team Philadelphia 76ers.
"Marami rin naman kasi siyang puwedeng maging options after ng ABL gaya ng Euro League or sa China,” a source said.
The sweet-shooting, cat-quick guard averaged 18.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds when he played a key role in Indonesia winning the ABL title under Purves in 2012 over San Miguel Beer.
Purves is hopeful his former star player would consider coming over and play in the PBA.
“I would like to see those players be able to come directly and move over here. Guys with Filipino parent, who are playing big-time basketball in the US. I’d love to see them,” he said.
Aside from Pringle and Parks, other top prospects in the draft are Garvo Lanete, Kevin Alas, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual and Rome dela Rosa, all members of six-time D-League champion NLEX, as well as Fil-Italian blue-chip guard Chris Banchero.