Being in the US Navy, the Pringle family spent time in Korea and Japan. Stanley started playing basketball in a Japanese youth Navy league at the age of six. Because his basketball talent and skills were beyond those of his age group abroad, Stanley competed against older kids. After moving back to Virginia with his family, he was picked up by the Virginia Beach Heat, a local Amateur Athletic Union team coached by Steve Strausbaugh and Norman Hassell.
Pringle was the starting point-guard of Landstown High School in Virginia Beach for four years. As a senior, he averaged 18.3 points and 6.1 assists per game to lead his team to a 22-3 record and the Virginia Class AAA state tournament final. For these exploits, he was named first-team all-state by the coaches, second team by the Associated Press, and was named the Virginia Beach Player of the Year. Pringle scored 1,100 career points in his high school career and was the captain of the team for two years.
Pringle spent his first two years of college basketball at Pasco-Hernando State College, being the team captain under coach Bobby Bowman. As a freshman, he led the Conquistadors to a third-place finish on a 15-15 record in the Suncoast Conference. This with per-game averages of 16.5 points and 3.8 assists earned him 2006 Suncoast Conference Freshman-of-the-Year and first-team all-conference honors. As a sophomore, he was 2007 Suncoast Conference Player-of-the-Year, first-team Florida Community College Athletic Association All-State selection, and earned an honorable-mention National Junior College Athletic Association All-American for leading his team to a 19-12 record on 18.9 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.
He then transferred to play two years at Penn State. For the 2007-2008 season, Pringle played in all 31 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 6.9 points and 2.3 assists per game, shot a team-best 40.9 percent from three-point range, and had seven double-digit scoring games. In 2008-09, Pringle helped his team win the National Invitation Tournament while averaging 12.75 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 45.3% from the field and ranking 6th in the Big Ten in three point shooting percentage with 45%. Described as one of the quickest and fastest players in the conference, Pringle had his team's highest vertical leaping ability at 37 inches and won a pre-season Nittany Lion slam-dunk contest.
In 2008, Pringle was charged by the Penn State Police for an incident involving public masturbation. He graduated in 2009 with a degree in Labor Studies and Employment Relations with a concentration in Human Resources.
In 2009, Pringle tried out in a camp for Filipino-American prospects of the Smart Gilas-Philippine national basketball team in Las Vegas. Shortly after, he signed up with the Leuven Bears in Belgium. He spent the next season with Siarka Tarnobrzeg in Poland, where he averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Pringle then played for Dnipro Azot in Ukraine, averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
In 2012, he played for the Indonesia Warriors, leading them to the championship with 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
In 2014, Pringle decided to apply for the 2014 PBA draft. He was predicted by many sports analysts to be that year's first overall selection. In August 24, he was picked by GlobalPort Batang Pier who held the first pick. At age 27, he is also the oldest player to be picked first overall in the PBA draft. Pringle won the 2015 Rookie of the Year award in the PBA.
Correct as of September 14, 2016