McIntosh, who will spend another season at Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.), struggled while playing with the New England Playaz in the spring and early in the summer before rebounding to finish out strong with New Heights in the latter part of July.
``Things started off great going into the summer, but then they started to go downhill," McIntosh said. "People started to play selfishly, I had a couple of bad games and it started to build up. I knew I could have played better."
``The tournament at Seton Hall was the worst for me," he added. "New Heights wanted me to play with them in Vegas and in L.A. and I knew I needed to start over. I know a lot of schools questioned my attitude or toughness, but I think I finished well with New Heights."
He attributes part of his resurgence to New Heights junior forward Lance Thomas.
``He plays hard all the time," McIntosh said. "There was no excuse for the way I was playing. I saw him playing so hard and figured that there's no reason I can't play that way. I learned how to play tougher and how to play with a good attitude."
McIntosh is looking to carry over his new outlook to his senior year at NMH, where he'll likely be counted upon to shoulder the scoring load.
``We expect him to be our leading scorer and one of our top rebounders," NMH assistant John Carroll said. "The questions regarding his motivation will be answered. AAU basketball doesn't fit everyone because some players, like Colin, prefer a more structured offense with defined roles."
``I want to be more aggressive and more of a leader this year," added McIntosh. "In the past, I let the game come to me. Now I'm going to try and take over games."
McIntosh, who has a 3.2 GPA and scored a 1160 on the SAT, has a wide array of schools still looking at him, including West Virginia, Providence, Rhode Island, Princeton, Brown, Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, Boston University and Davidson. He has already taken unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and Brown and plans to take unofficials soon to BU and Providence. He also said that he'll likely schedule an official trip to Davidson soon.