yao ming

It’s back to the books for retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming.

The former Houston Rockets center and No. 1 draft pick in the 2002 NBA draft started classes this week at Jiaotong University, one of the top schools in the country, China Daily and other newspapers reported Tuesday.

“The teacher showed me some mercy and did not leave me any homework,” Yao joked to reporters after his first day of courses at the university’s Antai College of Economics and Management.

Yao said the first order of business was assessing “how weak my foundation is” and working with instructors on a tailored course of study.

Yao, who retired four months ago because of chronic injuries to his left foot, is taking classes in mathematics, English and modern Chinese history—a subject he enjoyed in high school.

– Reported by the Associated Press