Pritchard joins Stanford basketball team

Tavita Pritchard, who started 20 games at quarterback for Stanford, is now a member of the Cardinal basketball team.

He participated in his first practice on Tuesday and will travel with the team during this week's road trip to Arizona and Arizona State.

He becomes the first multisport athlete on the men's basketball team since football players Mark Bradford and Evan Moore played limited minutes for the Cardinal during the 2004-05 season. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, played baseball for the Cardinal.

Pritchard passed 2,865 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. In his first start on Oct. 6, 2007, he led Stanford, a 41-point underdog, to a 24-23 upset victory at then-No. 2 USC, connecting with Bradford for the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play from the USC 10-yard line with 49 seconds left in the game. He was beaten out for the starting job before the 2009 season by redshirt freshman Andrew Luck. His only start this fall came in Stanford's 31-27 loss to Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl, when Luck was out with a broken finger.

Despite the mounting injuries -- the basketball team will be without five players for this weekend's road trip -- Stanford enters the week in a five-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 at 4-3. Picked to finish last in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal is 10-9 overall and is coming off its second consecutive home sweep, defeating Oregon State 59-35 and Oregon 84-69 last week at Maples Pavilion.