beat his recruiting number.
The nation's No. 20 recruit, according to 247Sports
, from Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.),
scored 37 points in the Railsplitters' 80-67 win over Greenforest (Decatur, Ga.)
in the premier game of the 41st Annual City of the Palms Classic Thursday night.
, the game ended at 12:03 a.m. Friday.
Lincoln went on a 26-15 run in the second quarter to take control.
Whitehead wasn't nearly a one-man show. Desi Rodriguez
contributed 26 points for the winners, while Justin Ravenel
led the way for Greenforest with 28 points.
See Day 1 City of Palms coverage and photos
The competition raises a notch Friday for Lincoln, which takes on defending champion and current national No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
, which earlier in the day upended Milton (Ga.) 77-42 behind 31 points from Ben Simmons
Simmons made 14 of 18 shots and added 13 points in the decisive victory.
"That will be a totally different game," Lincoln coach Tiny Morton told the newspaper. "We've got to shoot the ball well, rebound and take care of the basketball."
Lincoln, which led by at least 12 throughout the second half, outrebounded Greenforest 36-31, getting a game-high nine from Rodriguez. Whitehead and Anthony Williams had six assists each.
The game was sloppy with a combined 41 turnovers, but the late hour might have contributed to that. Whitehead was especially effective from outside, making 6 of 10 attempts on 3-pointers.
See updated scores and match-ups HERE
and more photos from Thursday action below.