Retired basketball star Yao Ming, whose career was cut short by injury, has started classes at Jiatong University, one of the top universities in his hometown Shanghai.
Yao Ming is likely to make it official on Wednesday, announcing what is expected to be his retirement from the NBA and a sport that made him a household name in China.
China's official sports association has issued an unprecedented public criticism of Yao Ming for reporting late to national team training.
China national team officials believe injured center Wang Zhizhi may still be ready to play next month in the world championships.
On Sunday, MLB and its fledgling counterpart, the China Baseball Association, announced they would formally team up to promote baseball in every corner of the communist nation ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.