Ben Coleman, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward, will transfer to the University of Maryland this fall from the University of Minnesota, Terrapin basketball Coach Lefty Driesell confirmed yesterday.

Coleman, a part-time starter for the Golden Gophers last season, averaged six points and four rebounds a game. He will sit out this season as a transfer student and be eligible to play during the 1982-83 season.

"Ben has applied to come here and we've received a release on him from Minnesota," Driesell said. "Our admissions office said his unofficial transcript looked fine; now we're waiting for them to get the official transcript. Assuming it's okay, he can go ahead and enroll for fall classes."

Coleman, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, is from Minneapolis. He was recruited briefly two years ago by Driesell, who gave up because he thought Coleman was going to stay home and because he was concentrating heavily on trying (unsuccessfully) to recruit Sam Bowie and Ralph Sampson.

Coleman's name came up to Driesell at the Five-Star basketball camp several weeks ago when he was asking other coaches about big men who might be available. Informed that Coleman had decided to leave Minnesota because he was unhappy about being benched at the end of last season, Driesell contacted the player. Following a visit to the Maryland campus last weekend, Coleman decided to make the switch.