In his book, The Leftovers, former Baylor University basketball player Matt Sayman tells an inspirational story about college athletics and life. Sandwiched between Sayman’s account of years of preparation for a chance to play college basketball and his life after college is his personal perspective of the Baylor basketball program before, during and after its darkest days.
Readers will find it difficult to put down the book as Sayman recounts a story of hope, life, death, and resurrection on a personal level and for a basketball program. He provides a rare and detailed look into the personalities and approaches of two very different coaching staffs: one which led to betrayal and another which led to revival. Sayman introduces us to a group of young men who learn to play for honor and for the future of a program that they once loved.
As much as he uncovers many of the ugly sides of a blemished basketball program, he equally bares his own soul and his struggle to keep his life in check after having his life-long dream shattered.
Every true Baylor fan must read this book. Any sports fan will find the story intriguing. Readers who are neither Baylor fans nor sports fans will appreciate this inspirational book about a basketball story that is still unfolding on the banks of the Brazos River.